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NVIDIA earnings are good, strong graphics and mobile business contribute well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 3:18 am

NVIDIA reported their quarterly earnings on Thursday which were ahead of what analysts were expecting. NVIDIA earned $178.3 million, or 29 cents per share, on revenue of $1.07 billion for the three months ending October 30.




NVIDIA were expected to post earnings of around 26 cents per share, with revenues of $1.06 billion, according to First Call. For the current quarter, green-team NVIDIA said it sees its revenue staying roughly flat from the current quarter, give or take a percentage or two. Gross margins are expected to be steady or up half a percent.


CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo-armed Jen-Hsun Huang said in a statement:


NVIDIA's strategy is coming into its own, as the world becomes increasingly visual and mobile. Our GPU business accelerated in the third quarter, driven by strong demand from gamers and the professional market. And our mobile business benefited from new devices coming onto the market.

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iOS 5.0.1 is out, Apple's saviour for battery life is here?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 1:16 am

Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 build number 9A405, which is a minor update to its mobile operating system that is meant to fix the iPhone 4S battery problems. iOS 5.0.1 arrives a day after it found its way to certain high-end users for testing, and just a week past the developer-only version.




Battery problems aren't the only thing iOS 5.0.1 will fix, it also enables multitasking gestures on the original iPad (go to Settings, General, Multitasking Gestures), fixes the Smart Cover security flaw, resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.


If you want it now, connect to iTunes and hit the "Check for Updates" button, or download an over-the-air update directly on your device. Note that the OTA update might not be available for everyone right away.

Valve confirms Steam hack, credit card and personal details may have been stolen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 1:07 am

A few days ago I reported about the Steam forums being down for "maintenance", but today Valve have confirmed that a recent Steam hack is the result of this. The recent Steam hack may have compromised users' credit card details and other personal information according to a message sent to Steam users from Valve God, Gabe Newell.




Valve is certain hackers gained access to a database that contained encrypted information, but don't know if they took it or will be able to crack its encryption. The database that was hacked contained information such as user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, e-mail addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information.


Gabe says that Valve don't have evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or personal info were taken by the intruders, and the company is "still investigating." He adds that there is also no evidence of credit card misuse, but implores Steam users to "watch your credit card activity and statements closely."

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Exceleram readies up a 32GB quad channel memory kit for X79

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:52 pm

With Sandy Bridge-E just around the corner now, memory companies are beginning to gear up with supporting quad-channel memory kits for Intel's next gen top tier LGA-2011 platform, with Corsair being first out the gate to expose such a kit when they announced their upcoming Dominator Series quad-channel 32GB kit early last month.




Now german memory maker Exceleram has come forward announcing their plans to release a 32GB quad-channel kit to market in the near future for the aforementioned platform. Falling into their Grand DDR3-Series line, the kit comprises 4x8GB modules and sports red heat spreaders.

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Toshiba's Portege Z835 Ultrabook on its way to Best Buy for just $899

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:44 pm

Toshiba's latest Ultrabook in its Z830 family has already been exposed in full and will soon be availabile exclusively from Best Buy at $899, managing to break the sub-$1,000 barrier by a good chunk while offering a really impressive, super lightweight package.




At the aforementioned price, the new Portege Z835 comes in a good chunk less than the comparably sized MacBook Air ($400 to be exact) and $300 less than the Zenbook UX31 and weighs less than 2.5 pounds.


Confirmed specs include a 1.4GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 13.3-inch (1366 x 768) display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.

BitFenix Raider computer case exclusive hands-on video preview

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:00 pm

Earlier this week we visited the BitFenix office here in Taipei and got a look at its brand new Raider computer case which is being released today.




David from BitFenix in the video below introduces us to the Raider. He explains that the Raider is 100% focused on airflow with a mesh finish from the top all the way to the front of the case. The case features the nice and smooth BitFenix SofTouch finish - even the power button and fan controller switch on the top front right of the case features the SofTouch treatment. Gone are USB 2.0 ports as the Raider supports four USB 3.0 ports. There is also support for users with older motherboards without USB 3.0 by way of standard USB 2.0 adapters on the same internal cable.



Moving on to the inside of the case, the drive bays are all tool-free and there are five optical drive bays and room for six hard drives. At the bottom of the case is room for an additional 2.5-inch drive, meaning the case can support up to seven SSDs or 2.5-inch hard drives, if you can get your hands on one. Cable management is also taken care of well with lots of room behind the motherboard tray for large cables and rubber cable management holes should mean a neat and tidy case.


That's just a taste of some of the features. Watch the video above for the full run-down.

Corsair intros new Marvell-controlled Performance Pro SSD family

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 3:09 pm

Corsair has just further expanded its line of SSDs with the new Performance Pro series. These drives rely on Marvell's latest 6 Gb/s SSD controller and come in 128 and 256GB capacities. The drives are of course 2.5-inch sized, sporting a naked metal casing.




The drives use MLC (multi-level cell) based NAND Flash memory chips and include TRIM support. Performance figures quoted by Corsair in todays announcement on the new drives are up to 515MB/sec read and 440MB/sec write rates.


We are pleased to provide a fast SATA 3 SSD that's designed specifically for real-world performance," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "High-performance PC users work heavily with media files, and unlike some other SSDs, the Performance Pro can save, load and move music, photos and movies without significantly reduced performance. It offers consistent, reliable speed regardless of whether you're running Windows, OS X or Linux, and whether you're using a single drive or a RAID configuration.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for November 10, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 2:45 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 10th, 2011




- Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 Motherboard @ Hot Hardware

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H and Z68XP-UD4 @ Pureoverclock

- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ LANOC

- Flagship Mainboards for Bulldozer from Asus, Gigabyte and MSI @ XBit Labs




- AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 / FX-8120 @ Ocaholic

- AMD Fusion vs. Intel Core i3 and Intel Pentium @ XBit Labs




- PowerColor HD 6970 Devil 13 2 GB @ Techpowerup

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Xigmatek gets ready for battle with MIDGARD II mid tower

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 2:13 pm

Xigmatek have a new weapon ready for battle in the highly competitive mid tower chassis market; the MIDGARD II. The new case gets the all-black treatment inside and out and gives support for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full sized ATX motherboards.


Measuring 221 (W) x 473 (H) x 488 (D) mm and weighing in at 7.18Kg, the case sports a soft and elegant "leather-coating" on both the top and front panels and provides three external 5.25" drive bays with tool-free holders along with an additional Slim-ODD bay. The I/O panel positioned on top of the MIDGARD II gives 1x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. Further to this is a built-in docking station on top that supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA based drives.




Internally there are six drive bays that will accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives and provide anti-vibration rubber. Xigmatek has made sure to consider those using water cooling and includes four holes to route your tubing at the rear of the chassis.

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Download of the Day: Macrium Reflect 5.0.4118

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 12:57 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 5.0.4118.


A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.


• Don't compromise your data integrity with second best

Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.

• Simple step by step operation

Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.

• Automate the process

With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.

• Restore individual files and folders

Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.

• Recovery

In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.



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