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Mobile App of the Day: SetCPU for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 11:35 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is SetCPU for Android.

 

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(This app requires a rooted Android phone, use this at your own risk.)

 

SetCPU is a tool for changing the CPU settings (capable of overclock and underclock) on a rooted Android phone, including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Droid, Nexus One, G1, G2, Samsung Galaxy S II, myTouch 4G, Motorola Xoom, or one of many other devices to improve performance or save battery.

 

SetCPU also allows you to set up powerful profiles to change the CPU speed under certain conditions, such as when the phone is asleep or charging, when the battery level drops below a certain point, when the phone's temperature is too high, or during certain times of day. See the screenshots for examples of how you might set up profiles.

 

SetCPU's wide feature set make it useful to beginners and enthusiasts alike. Accelerate your processor to unleash your phone's multitasking potential, or dial your CPU's speed down to save battery.

SetCPU also includes a "voltage control" menu, available to certain devices with custom kernels that support it, to control undervolting to save even more battery. Keep in mind that undervolting is only available for certain kernels.

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Download of the Day: Skype 5.6 for Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 10:28 am

Our Download of the Day is Skype 5.6 for Mac.

 

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Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Skype 5.6 for Mac. Please download the latest Skype for Mac to ensure you're receiving the best quality from Skype on your Mac.

 

New features and improvements in Skype 5.6 for Mac include:

 

Automatic Updates

Improved UI for group video calling

New full screen mode in OS X Lion

Ability to delete conversations

Ability to disable Audio Gain Control

 

Automatic Updates

Skype will now automatically upgrade to newer versions when minor and critical updates are released. This will keep you on the cutting edge with Skype's newest features.

 

UI improvement in group video calling

Switch between dynamic mode and non-dynamic mode in group video calls with 5 or more participants. With dynamic mode on, the person who is speaking is automatically moved to the top of the screen.

 

Support for full screen mode in OS X Lion

Now, you can take advantage of full screen mode in Skype. This feature eliminates distractions from the Dock and Menu bars, while enhancing your interaction with your loved ones.

 

Ability to delete conversations

Delete messages within a conversation, as well as remove conversations from the sidebar and your history.

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MSI Z77A-GD65 "Ivy Bridge" Motherboard Video Unboxing

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 9:50 am

Intel's third-generation Core processor platform is almost ready to begin selling and that of course means we are starting to get new Intel ZZ Express based motherboards in for testing. MSI told us to say third-generation Core, but we all know that of course means Ivy Bridge and we know many of you are really excited about this platform.

 

 

MSI were one of the first to ship us a Z77 board to our Taipei Test Lab and in something new here at TweakTown which we are starting today, we are giving you an unboxing of it as an early preview before our full review gets posted later on. We hope to do several of these unboxing each week as long as everything goes to plan.

 

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MSI sent us its Z77A-GD65 which is their mid-range Z77 board, but still comes packed with plenty of great features including PCI-Express gen 3 support, Military Class II, OC Genie II, Click BIOS II and much more. The motherboard itself looks brilliant with its stylish black and blue theme. It features passive cooling, but looks to be a rather solid cooling setup with impressive heatsinks, that also looks just great.

 

Check out the video above as we give you a full unboxing of the MSI Z77A-GD65. You can look forward to our full review in the future once the Intel Ivy Bridge platform goes on sale.

Battlefield 3 to get three downloadable expansions, first one 'Close Quarters' drops in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 9:37 am

Battlefield 3 is set to receive some themed downloadable expansions, with the first one 'Close Quarters' arriving in June. The new expansions will feature new weapons, and vehicles that can be used across the entire game, as well as new multiplayer maps.

 

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Console players are set to receive something quite new, with a rent-a-server programme, allowing them to run dedicated game servers that can be customized to their own rules and preferences, just like the PC players know and love. This is a first for any console shooter.

 

Close Quarters is as it sounds, focused on up-close-and-personal indoor infantry combat with verticality to the map designs. It drops on the PS3 one week early, includes 10 new weapons and four new maps. It has been described as "hectic and intense". The map was shown off at EA's GDC event, and featured a "swish-looking" office block called Ziba Tower, according to Eurogamer, with, my favorite: lots of glass to shatter.

 

The next add-on after Close Quarters will be called Armored Kill. This pack focuses on tank-based combat, and will offer the Battlefield series' biggest map ever and includes one new drivable vehicle for use in the game. No release date has been stated. The final add-on will be called End Game, where nothing is known about it, this is being kept top secret by DICE.

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SetCPU gets a dab of Ice Cream Sandwich's UI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 8:32 am

SetCPU has received a very, very nice update, where the user interface has been updated to rock along with Ice Cream Sandwich's look. The version 2.3.0 update also sports a frequency slider, which is a lot easier for your finger, and device.

 

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Also included is a governor menu for adjusting processor scaling, added support for multi-core devices, as well as the usual bug fixes. All of it works on rooted Android devices, including Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Droid, Nexus One, G1, G2, Samsung Galaxy S II, myTouch 4G, and Motorola Xoom.

 

Overclocking your device would be great, but underclocking is also a good start to more battery life. SetCPU can also make good use of profiles, and change CPU speeds when certain conditions arise. This is great for when the phone is asleep, or charging, when the battery level drops below a certain point, when the phone's temperature reaches a certain point, or during specific times of the day.

 

I just might root my GS II and try this myself!

Future Samsung smartphones to have flexible displays, could turn your smartphone into a tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 7:29 am

Now this is something I want, now. Late last month, Samsung confirmed that they would start mass production of flexible displays later this year, with the first of the screens to come out of Samsung's monitor ovens, baked and ready to go, in Q2-Q3 of 2012.

 

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The second batch would be built in the second quarter of 2013. Samsung have toyed with contoured displays in the past, but a flexible display would allow a device to be fully folded and unfolded like a book. Samsung have even said that the displays are capable of decreasing power consumption by cutting the supply of operating power to a display based on the degree to which the display is bent.

 

In a recent patent filing, Samsung have stated that the flexible displays are bendable, can be made to appear crooked, and can be folded and rolled up like a magazine. All of this while maintaining the visibility and other features found on flat displays. The way I see it, is we could have stretchy displays, that could eventually be rolled out into a tablet-sized display. Imagine that. You could rock along with a normal smartphone-sized screen, but when needed, it stretches out to say, 7-inches.

Skype 5.6 for Mac is here, includes improved UI and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:32 am

Skype have just released Skype 5.6 for Mac, and includes a few new features and improvements, such as:

 

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Automatic Updates

Improved UI for group video calling

New full screen mode in OS X Lion

Ability to delete conversations

Ability to disable Audio Gain Control

 

Skype now pushes through automatic updates, so when new versions or minor (and critical) updates are released, Skype will continue to keep you up-to-date. Group video calling gets its user interface lifted, where there's now dynamic and non-dynamic mode in group video calls with 5 or more users. With dynamic mode on, the person who is speaking is automatically moved to the top of the screen.

 

Full-screen mode is now supported by Skype for Mac in OS X Lion, where it eliminates the Dock and Menu bars totally. Included is also the ability to delete messages within a conversation, as well as remove conversations from the sidebar, and history.

 

You can download Skype 5.6 for Mac, here.

GIGABYTE claims the world No. 1 spot for motherboard durability, should pat themselves on the back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:07 am

GIGABYTE motherboards kick ass, we all know this, but just how much? Well, enough for them to claim the No. 1 spot in the world for motherboard durability. A lot of this comes from GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable technology, which has now spread its tentacles into Ultra Durable 4 on their upcoming 7-series motherboards.

 

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GIGABYTE's industry-leading Ultra Durable 4 technology, is coming on their 7-series motherboards, and helps safe-guard GIGABYTE motherboards from common everyday threats such as humidity and moisture, electro-static discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.

 

Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit says:

 

With the launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006, GIGABYTE revolutionized the motherboard industry by making quality the number one focus in our motherboard design. Five and a half years later, GIGABYTE maintains our leadership in quality design by equipping our upcoming 7 series motherboards with even more lifespan enhancing technologies in the form of Ultra DurableĀ™ 4.

 

GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 4 is some seriously slick stuff, read up more on it here.

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Roccat app lets you use your smartphone to monitor and control your PC while gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:36 am

Roccat have just released a new piece of software, "Power-Grid", which seems pretty damn cool, if you ask me. The app is also free, with Roccat accepting beta testers at the moment. The app is split into two, one for smartphones, one for the PC.

 

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They communicate to each other through Wi-Fi, with the PC application allowing users to customize the controls that are available on the smartphone. Users should be able to do all sorts of things, like adjusting volume levels, monitor system variables, track incoming messages, and execute game-specific functions.

 

The beta is currently only available for iPhone and iPod touch users, but Android and touch-specific versions are said to be coming soon. Roccat are also developing "complementary" hardware, with the below-pictured "Phobo" keyboard replacing the traditional numpad with a smartphone dock! Yes! The Apuri 2.0 appears to be little more than a bare docking station, we should expect both of these devices "early next year", unfortunately.

 

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New iPad roundup, what you need to know

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:30 am

Today marked the day of the announcement of Apple's next-generation iPad, not named iPad 3, or iPad 2S, but just iPad. Cameron covered it perfectly, with multiple posts covering things such as the name of the new iPad, 4G LTE support, the 2048x1536-pixel Retina Display, and finally, 1080p for Apple TV.

 

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Now, let's compare the new iPad to other tablets, as well as the iPad 2, shall we? The new iPad is the third-generation iPad from Apple, which keeps its usual 9.7-inch display, but ramps up the resolution from the older, crappier 1024x768 to 2048x1536. This is an Anthony-approved resolution, I love high-res stuff.

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