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Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, Core i7, 8GB RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 shipped FREE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:29 am

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Quad 15.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel Core i7-2670QM, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 Shipped Free! .

 

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HP has a new $400 off coupon code is good on the powerful and popular HP Pavilion dv6t Quad, dv7t Quad, and ENVY Laptops! Here is an awesome configuration for the dv6t Quad for $749.99:

 

  • 2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad Core 2.2GHz to 3.1GHz
  • 15.6" High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366x768)
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
  • 8GB DDR3 System Memory
  • 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone
  • HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN

 

This is a fantastic price for the bestselling HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition laptop PC!

 

HP PAVILION DV6T QUAD EDITION I7-2670QM BLU-RAY LAPTOP DEAL

 

Use coupon code: NBG8662 for the $400 off discount. Expires after 800 uses or on 03/17/2012.

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Mobile App of the Day: TuneIn Radio Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:33 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is TuneIn Radio Pro.

 

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Browse and listen to radio -- live, local and global.

Listen to the world.

 

TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local and global radio from wherever you are. Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 1.2 million on-demand programs for you to choose from. The TuneIn Radio Pro app for Android puts this entire experience in the palm of your hand with the added benefit of recording what you're listening to (requires memory card).

 

Important Update: This new version of TuneIn (5.3) includes Car Mode, which lets you listen to your favorite music, sports and news simply by speaking a command into your Android phone or tablet. This update also includes extra large buttons for easy viewing and control.

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iTunes 10.6 has the option to sync 192kbps, 256kbps quality audio to devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:30 am

Apple's just-released iTunes 10.6 sports the ability for users to option higher quality audio conversion bitrates when syncing songs to iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Before iTunes 10.6, users were given the option to down-convert higher bitrate songs to a crappy 128kbps level.

 

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This allowed more songs to be synced to devices, but some users would rather higher quality audio, than savings to their device's storage capacity. With iTunes 10.6, users now have two options: to down-convert audio to quality levels of 192, or 256kbps, giving users three options of bitrate when syncing music to their mobile device.

 

iTunes purchases are encoded at 256kbps, but CD rips are at 320kbps, this means that the new setting allows people the option to reduce the quality slightly down to 256kbps when syncing to a mobile device, whilst keeping the higher quality 320kbps rip stored on their main desktop or notebook.

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The upcoming Alienware M17X R4 will offer both GeForce 600-series and Radeon 7000-series GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:31 am

If the Razer Blade gaming notebook wasn't enough to get your juices flowing, some new details of Alienware's upcoming notebook should. We should expect three options with the new Alienware M17X R4 gaming notebook, a GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 660M or Radeon HD 7970M. Not bad at all if you ask me.

 

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On top of this, there are also three different display options on the Alienware M17X R4. All there are 17.3-inch models, but we have a 1600x900 resolution screen, and then two 1920x1080 options. The first of which is just the standard 2D screen, while the other is a 3D, WLED backlight option. Whether this supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology, or AMD's 3DHD technology is another question.

 

There's also the option of color between red and black, and interestingly, the laptop is said to sport eDP (embedded DisplayPort) instead of LVDS for LCD communication. eDP is said to reduce the wiring footprint, and offers higher speed. We should also expect to see Intel's Ivy Bridge processor options in this laptop, too. Now what I want to know is, where and when can I get one of these bad boys?

Apple releases Safari 5.1.4, brings a bunch of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:31 am

Even on my 2011 Edition MacBook Pro, I still use Chrome, but Safari is loved by millions across the world. Today Apple updated Safari to version 5.1.4 which includes a bunch of updates and fixes. From things like improved JavaScript performance, to screen dimming issues when watching HTML5 video.

 

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The full list of stuff baked into Safari 5.1.4:

 

  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Improve JavaScript performance (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the "Remove All Website Data" button

 

You can download Safari 5.1.4 here.

Nokia set to release Windows 8 tablet, will arrive in Q4 2012, and in quite low numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 4:50 am

It's being said that Nokia and Microsoft will team up to enter the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch, Windows 8-based tablet which is set to be based on Qualcomm's dual-core chip, according to DigiTimes. The device would be released in Q4 of this year, at the earliest.

 

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The sources have said that Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics, where the first batch out of the factory would contain just 200,000 units. Just 200,000 units, is something people should be stuck on. This seems like a "let's just test the market out first", or are Nokia scared of the constant onslaught that is the iPad.

 

This is now shown as a move of Nokia joining WoA (Windows on ARM) and we should expect Microsoft to gain strength to compete with not just Apple and their iPad, but also the upcoming Android 5.0-based tablets that will hit the market at around the same time.

New iPad pre-order stock is sold out, you should expect delays, tears

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 4:31 am

Apple announced the new iPad just last week, and people haven't been able to drag their jaws from the floor yet. Once they did, they began the feverish clicking of their mice or tapping of their fingers to pre-order the latest and greatest tablet from Apple.

 

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The original release was slated for March 16th, but Apple have experienced (in the words of Obama, as he uses the word about 3 times every second) unprecedented demand for the iPad 3, and have been forced to now push back delivery times for online buyers. Originally, those who pre-ordered were to expect delivery of their brand new 2048x1536-sporting iPad on launch day, as Apple had set aside stock for pre-order customers.

 

But they have sold out of this pre-order stock, as demand is "off the charts" according to an Apple spokesperson. For those who ordered online and are based in the US, you'll have to wait until March 19th for delivery, with a two device limit on orders. The lucky people who pre-ordered before stock ran out will receive them on launch day.

 

For those of you based in Australia (me, boooo) will receive stock on March 22nd, but those based in France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kington will have a shipping delay of two to three weeks to endure.

 

I want two or three of them this weekend, but it looks like I will have to miss out if I can't get there in time. I'm going to cry some serious tears now.

RumorTT: Razer Blade 2.0 could sport Ivy Bridge and Kepler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:21 am

The original Razer "the world's first true gaming laptop" Blade is loved by swarming groups of fans, but there are of course, critics who don't like it. I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I love Razer gear. I rock their mouse and keyboard combos and love them. My BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition sits on my desktop as my everyday keyboard, and my Mamba, I love her to bits.

 

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But the Blade was a bit of a miss for me, it had a lacklustre GPU that really made the Blade struggle when compared to other gaming laptops. The GPU in question was the GeForce GT 555M, which to me, just isn't powerful enough to let Razer claim its the "world's first true gaming laptop", but, it still sold in supreme numbers. Selling out, not once, but twice.

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RumorTT: Polyphony Digital team spotted taking shots of Mount Panorama for the new Gran Turismo game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:18 am

The two guys pictured below weer spotted doing leg and truck-powered laps of Bathurst's Mount Panorama, where they've taken photos of one of Australia's most recognised race tracks. That's not all, because audio from intrepid's souls phone camera definitely points toward the raceway being featured in the next instalment of the Gran Turismo series.

 

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The clip is below, and you can hear the guys talking about it, with a subtitled version available, too. There's also a thread on the GTPlanet forums, where people are convinced that one of the Polyphony Digital guys says "GT6". Of course, this isn't 100-percent irrefutable evidence, but it does have more credit than just a shot of two guys posing for a photo.

 

 

Unless this is a DLC pack for Gran Turismo 5, that is. The other question is, if this is for GT6, would it arrive on the PS3 or the PS4? Polyphony Digital do take their time releasing games, so I would be willing to put some money on this game hitting the PlayStation 4.

Google Chrome for Windows 8 has been confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 2:17 am

Google is my browser of choice. Everytime I use it, I feel like a cowboy in the western era, pulling my gun out of my holster and swinging it around my finger and then shooting some tin can at 100-feet. More exciting news, though: Google have confirmed they're working on a version of Chrome that will run in the Metro environment found within Windows 8, says Mashable.

 

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The Google spokesperson told Mashable that the new version of Chrome would be based on the desktop browser, as opposed to the Android-based version. The representative has been quoted:

 

Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8. To that end we're in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.

 

This means that when the Windows 8 tablets hit the market, users will be able to use the same browsers they know and love in Windows 7, but with the Metro interface. Mozilla has also admitted they're building Firefox for Metro, too.

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