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Apple releases iTunes 10.5, includes support for iOS wireless syncing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 12:28 am

Apple have just dumped iTunes 10.5 onto the Internet and with it, includes support for wirelessly syncing your iOS-based devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS5. iTunes 10.5 is available as a download from Apple, and interestingly, iTunes 10. no longer requires or includes QuickTime. The release of iTunes 10.5 is just one day ahead of the public release of iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users will require iTunes 10.5 before they can upgrade any iOS device to iOS 10.5.

 

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The full list of features is below:

 

iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.

Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your PC and iOS devices.

Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.

Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they're both on the same Wi-Fi network.

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Futuremark and ECS kick off a new 3DMark 11 Overclock Shootout Competition

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:19 pm

In collaboration with ECS, Futuremark has just announced the birth of a new competition inviting all overclockers with whatever hardware they feel competitive enough to place some fierce competition into the mix and push for top scores in 3DMark 11. If you're quickly discouraged by the inevitable overclocking elite that will no doubt get in on the action, you'll be glad to know Futuremark has set up a separate precision contest segment to make your chances of winning much more realistic.

 

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The worldwide competition starts October 10 and runs until November 7. It is open to overclockers with all brands of commercially available PC hardware. The competition will award weekly high score and lucky draw winners.

 

You can get the full scoop on prizes along with rules and how to participate etc. at the official contest page here.

Ads for Nokia's Windows Phone based "Nokia 800" leak out

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:48 pm

Some ads from Nokia have popped online early displaying the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 running "Nokia 800" smart phone. The leaked ads of the phone (previously referred to as Sea Ray) show up with two weeks to go until Nokia World winds up and the phone is formally announced (along with other models most likely).

 

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The ads show the phone physically looking much like the MeeGo-powered N9. What we can ascertain about the phone to date from prior information is that it runs a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) AMOLED touchscreen with a 1.4GHz single core processor and is said to sport 16GB of built-in storage.

 

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Patriot compliments Pyro SSDs with synchronous flash

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:04 pm

When we checked out Patriot's new mainstream Pyro series of SSDs back in early August we were overall quite impressed with the performance on tap considering the associated pricing. These weren't meant to go up against the heavy hitting SandForce drives running more expensive, faster performing synchronous flash, but still gave you very impressive performance at a lower price point.

 

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Nonetheless, Patriot has just stepped things up with a new line of Pyro series drives that push performance to new heights thanks to the use of synchronous NAND. Dubbed the Pyro SE series, the new drives are otherwise much the same as the original Pyro ones except for the aforementioned change.

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Benchmarks indicate iPhone 4S to be 68% faster than iPhone 4!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:56 pm

Some Geekbench benchmark results have shown up on the web showing off the performance on tap with Apple's new iPhone 4S and it's looking like quite the speedy smart phone indeed.

 

If you were impressed with the iPhone 4's performance, you'll be astounded by the iPhone 4S' thanks to its dual core A5 processor running at 800MHz. While still packing the same 512MB RAM, the processor pushes the Geekbench result to a very impressive score of 623, versus the original iPhone 4's score of 360.

 

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This equates to the new iPhone being a whopping 68% faster than its predecessor, and only 17% slower than the iPad 2 with the same processor used, but running 200MHz quicker at 1GHz.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for October 11, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:03 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 11th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP TouchSmart 520xt @ TechReviewSource

- GITEX '11: Hands-On MSI GT 780 Laptop @ tbreak

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- AMD A75 3-way Motherboard Shootout @ Techspot

- Asus Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Ninjalane

 

Audio/Media

 

- Edifier M3300SF 2.1 Speaker Set @ Overclock3D

- Plantronics Audio 995 Digital Wireless Stereo Headset @ Kitguru

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Download of the Day: SeaMonkey 2.5 Beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 12:17 pm

Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.5 Beta 2.

 

SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.

 

• Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.

• Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.

• Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.

• Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.

• Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Samsung breakthrough, putting an LED in your window and a window in your LED

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 11:20 am

Samsung's on a roll right now, with the Samsung Advanced Institute of technology having a pretty grand announcement today. They have successfully created "single crystalline Gallium Nitride on amorphous glass substrates", it may sound more Breaking Bad than TV or smartphone, but this achievement allows Samsung to make massive LEDs from normal glass, including, you guessed it, window panes.

 

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Samsung says this scaled-up approach will allow them to not only drop production costs relative to most LED manufacturers, but also result in displays roughly 400 times larger! A Samsung spokseperson said to the Korea Herald "In ten years, window panes will double as lighting and display screens, giving personality to buildings". I'll take a few windows, hmm, and maybe a 300-inch 4096p, 240Hz window TV... thanks, Samsung.

Mass Effect 3 confirmed to include four-player co-operative gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 10:52 am

The third and final Mass Effect game is nearly upon us, with BioWare today confirming that they will include four-player co-op gameplay in Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War. BioWare's Chris Priestly said in an official forum post "Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control." The "entirely optional" Galaxy at War system will have players teaming up to on missions to impact Shepard's "Galactic Readiness" level, which will affect the final battle against the Reapers.

 

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Priestly also stated that there has been a separate Montreal-based studio that has been opened to handle Galaxy at War's development and that players will be able to reach "the highest levels of success in the single player experience alone".

Adobe shows off new unblur feature for photoshop, able to retouch and perfect your blurred photos in seconds!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 10:20 am

I'm sure you have taken many photos that have been blurry, but Adobe is looking at erasing this problem with a new feature that they demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event. It had the crowd gasping from amazement as before their eyes they had a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds. Advanced algorithms calculate the movement of the camera at the time the image was taken, enabling the user to 'fix' the image by unblurring it - saving what would usually be a photo that would end up in your recycling bin.

 

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The video shown below (which ironically, is shakey itself) demonstrates the process can be used on a photo captured on a mobile device to sharpen the quality, and in some cases with text-based images, reveal more data. There is no official release date for the anti-blur feature, but it will definitely be a favorite for millions worldwide when it becomes available.

 

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