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HP's TouchPad Tablet PC unboxing video

By: Nicole Scott | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 5:29 pm

There are only a few tablets on the market where the operating system and the hardware are all made in house. The Apple iPad is the most famous, Blackberry has the Playbook and now we've got HP releasing the TouchPad. However, unlike the iPad, both the Playbook and the Touchpad launched with a somewhat beta-ish feeling.



The operating systems on both units are glitchy at launch, but I'm happy to say that the Playbook has matured nicely into a market ready tablet in just a few short months. HP's TouchPad seems to have a similar pattern, but has only been on the market a few weeks, so they've got a few major updates to go before they get there.




Having said that WebOS, the TouchPad's OS, is a great piece software. It seems naturally suited to the 9.7-inch screen size, with a card-based interface that makes multitasking easy and even fun. There's no rear-facing camera and the selection of native apps available for the device is minimal, but for basic browsing, emailing and reading, the device performs beautifully and the app selection should only get better in time...

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Apple offers trimmed down, cheaper iMac for education customers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 4:56 pm

A new cheaper version of the iMac has popped up on Apple's education-only store today which should quickly to be quite a popular option for schools buying in quantity.


The 'crippled' Education-Only iMac costs just $999 which is 21.5" sized with a 3.1GHz Core i3, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk, Radeon HD 6750M w/ 256MB RAM and a mini DisplayPort connector. No thunderbolt port to be seen on this cut down model, but otherwise it's much like the base-model Sandy Bridge iMac that came out earlier in the year at a price point of $1,149 for education customers.




Accessible only to people purchasing systems on behalf of their institution, there is also the option to purchase the white unibody MacBook as well as an earlier (2009) model of the iMac - the 20" Core 2 Duo one, each costing $899.

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Dell readies up its Latitude XT3 convertible laptop/tablet

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 4:14 pm

First discovered back in February of this year and with several updates suggesting availability by mid year, Dell's Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC is finally looking to be readying up for sale with a listing popping up on Dell's US and Canadian websites.




The XT3 runs dimensions of 323 (W) x 221.7 (D) x 30.9 (H) mm, using a 13.3-inch (1366x768) touchscreen LCD which supports both pen and finger input. It has a tri-metal construction ensuring high durability and a spill resistant keyboard.


The display can be rotated easily from notebook to tablet via its bi-directional hinge. Packed inside the unit is a 2nd-gen Core i7 processor running on the Mobile Intel QM67 chipset with HD 3000 graphics, DVD drive, HD webcam, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, optional Bluetooth 3.0, a GPS and mobile broadband, ExpressCard (34mm) slot, card reader and choice of a 6 or 9 cell battery.

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Wave goodbye to 20 processors from Intel by the end of the year

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 3:42 pm

A leaked slide has hit the web today which details the product lifecycle of existing processors in Intel's lineup. Most notably, there could be as many as 20 processors hitting EOL (End of Life) stage by the end of this year - this means Intel cancels any orders submitted from OEMs and channel vendors beyond that point, as well as stopping all production on said model(s). Warranties will of course remain in place in accordance with the original length.




Specifically, what we'll be waving goodbye to are the majority of LGA775 processors currently still on the market, including the Core 2 Quad Q9650, Q9550/Q9550S, Q9500, Q8400/Q8400S, Q8300, Core 2 Duo E8600, E8500 and Pentium E5400. Further to these, Intel is also aiming to close off production on the LGA1366 based Core i7-970, LGA1156 based Core i7-880, Core i7-875K, Core i7-870S, Core i5-760, Core i5-750S, Core i5-655K and Core i3-530 models.


The PDN (Product Discontinuation Nofication) marked entries in the chart refer to models that precede EOL, a stage in which Intel notifies OEMs and channel vendors that any final orders should be made in awareness of them reaching EOL in the near future.

Overclocking beyond extremes sees a Phenom II @ 7.378GHz!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 2:32 pm

From time to time we'll see one of those crazy world renowned overclockers kick out another incredible world record result from a recent piece of hardware thanks to the most extreme cooling methods used. But it's not so frequent that a new WR really jumps out at you as being exceptionally above and beyond anything we've seen before.




Well, Mad222 of Team Centralfield has managed to do just that with an incredible overclocking result with a Phenom II X4 955 processor. Using GIGABYTE's 890FXA-UD7, the CPU was pushed all the way up to a jaw dropping 7378MHz.

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AMD extends Radeon branding into the DDR3 memory market

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 1:46 pm

Big news from AMD today with word (and evidence) coming out that they are branching out their "Radeon" branding from VGA into the DDR3 memory market as well, not just to OEMs, but directly into consumers hands.




Website PC Watch was the first to get the scoop (including images) that AMD is in fact entering the DDR3 memory market with "Radeon memory". Even AMD's website now backs it up with a dedicated page on their website detailing "AMD Radeon™ Memory for Systems" - with three series under the lineup thus far in the Entertainment, ULTRA PRO Gaming and Enterprise series'.


It's not surprising that AMD is targetting the modules directly for use in their own platforms. The first batch of modules entering the series are 2GB in density a piece, with the Entertainent series module operating at 1333MHz w/ timings of 9-9-9, the ULTRA PRO Gaming running 1600MHz (11-11-11 timings) and the Enterprise series memory of which specific info is yet to be disclosed.

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Download of the Day: AxCrypt 1.7.2610.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 12:42 pm

Our Download of the Day today is AxCrypt 1.7.2610.0.


AxCrypt is used to share and work with stored documents, and e-mail attachments, in a secure manner.


If your documents reside on a document sharing service, intranet or file server AxCrypt is especially well suited and will usually seamlessly integrate, and make sharing and storing sensitive data as easy as not protecting it.


AxCrypt is great for protecting your documents such as private letters, correspondence, job information, medical information, financial details stored on a local hard disk or network server.


Just right-click any document file and encrypt it with AxCrypt. Viewing and opening for update is just as convenient as before encryption due to AxCrypt's automatic decryption/open/re-encryption function.


If you use a Key-File on a diskette or USB thumb drive, your files will be encrypted to the highest level of protection as long the Key-File is kept secret.


To encrypt a file, right-click it in Windows Explorer, select 'AxCrypt > Encrypt' and enter a pass phrase plus the path to an optional strong key file.


To edit or view an encrypted file - just double-click it.



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Deal of the Day: Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse - $11.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 11:38 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse - $11.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: The Logitech M305 is one of the best wireless optical mice for the the money. I've recommended the M305 to countless friends and family. At just $11.99 with free shipping, it's a steal!






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Poll Results - What should next-generation HD (2160p) be officially called?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 10:37 am

Our latest poll had over 3000 people who answered, What should next-generation HD (2160p) be officially called?




The most popular official name for next-generation HD as voted by TweakTown readers was "HD 2160p". This is actually what most of the TweakTown team were voting for too. It will look good on paper and it makes perfect logical sense.


Running in second place was "Ultra HD" and in a fairly tight third place was "HD-2".


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what is the hottest upcoming 2011 Game Release? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Monday Morning Roundup for August 8, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 9:57 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 8th, 2011




- ASRock A75 Pro4 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 @ Sin's Hardware

- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard @ Kitguru




- Antec HCG-620 High Current Gamer Series Power Supply @ HiTechLegion

- Enermax SpineRex Full Tower PC Case @ RWLabs

- NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid Tower Case @ Vortez

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