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Access your Google Docs files directly on your computer thanks to IDrive Connect

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:37 pm

A new piece of software from IDrive Online Backup syncs your Google Docs onto a virtual folder on your computer in a DropBox-esque way. The software has drag-and-drop capabilities, sharing, and conversion built in. You can even save the documents into your existing IDrive account which gives you 5GB of free storage.

 

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The best part of this is that the software is free. That's one thing I can never resist: free software. This way, if it doesn't work as advertised, I'm not out any money. It's available for both Home and Server versions of Windows, Mac OSx, iOS, and Android. Time for me to go check this out!

Priv.ly wants to give privacy back to users, acts as invisible web link

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 4:29 pm

A new project that has been launched on Kickstarter wants to give privacy back to the users of social networks and the internet in general. Pretty much where ever you go on the internet right now, anything you post is tracked, and often sold, to the highest bidder. This is one form of monetization of the internet.

 

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Sean McGregor, a computer scientist at Oregon State University, is Priv.ly's creator and lead developer. Priv.ly is an open-source project and allows a user to encrypt any message they post in basically any text box on the web. How it works is that the message is sent to Priv.ly to be encrypted. Eventually, it will simply be a peer-to-peer connection.

 

This creates a link to the message that can only be viewed by the people that the message is intended for when encrypted. Then, instead of posting the actual message to where ever your'e posting, you post a link to the Priv.ly message instead. The only visible data is the link to Priv.ly. So, maybe I should start encrypting these news posts!

A new cloud service is offering 10GB of free storage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 3:31 pm

There's a new website that is offering 10GB of free cloud storage. Trouble is, the website is only in Russian, at least right now. The service launched today as a beta and is the latest in a growing number of cloud storage services providers. It is a system similar to DropBox where files can be stored locally and remotely.

 

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The file then updates among the versions when you save it on your desktop, for instance. The files are accessible from the web, a native Windows or Mac client, or through the Yandex.Mail app on iOS and Android devices. "Yandex.Disk is a cloud service, a virtual folder that can be safely used for file storage," Anton Zabannykh, Yandex's head of Personalized Services, said in a statement. "If your personal computer or laptop catches a virus or breaks down, your files will be safely stored on Yandex.Disk. Currently, Yandex.Disk is integrated with Yandex.Mail, and we have plans to link it with other services offered by Yandex."

 

The service is currently available by invitation only, so users have to e-mail the site to grab an account. They say that the English version is coming soon, but there is no set date. We will have to wait and see if there is anything that distinguishes these guys from the other service providers that are already established. If you speak Russian, you can head on over to their site and sign up. It is available here.

Thursday Morning Roundup for April 5, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:23 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 5th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB - Benchmark Reviews

 

Peripherals:

 

Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 mechanical keyboards - The Tech Report

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Corsair Carbide 300R Case - Hardware Canucks

Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler - VR-Zone

 

Storage:

 

OCZ Vertex 4 SSD:

 

The SSD Review

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Apple is replacing new iPads affected by Wi-Fi problems

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:00 pm

This is a change of tune for Apple. I've always known them as the company who refused to admit that there was ever anything wrong with their hardware and instead blamed the user. Well now, however, Apple is actively investigating claims that the iPad 3's WiFi is having issues. There's been many complaints regarding WiFi since the launch.

 

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Reports have said that connections on the new iPad are either slow or drop often. 9to5Mac has laid eyes on an internal AppleCare document which notes the reported Wi-Fi issues on the new iPad. Apple confirms: "symptoms can include, but are not limited to: intermittent connectivity, slow Wi-Fi speeds, and WiFi network not seen".

 

Apple wants these malfunctioning iPads to be sent to the engineering department so as to be analyzed. Customers are to revive a replacement in exchange for their current iPad. If you have a new iPad that is experiencing WiFi issues, call Apple so that they can replace it and figure out what's going on with it.

Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for 128GB Crucial M4 SSD for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 1:20 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Coupon Code for 128GB Crucial M4 SSD for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Use coupon code: EMCYTZT1401 for $30 off this 128GB Crucial M4 SSD drive, taking the price down to $129.99 shipped. This is an excellent price for this very fast SATA III drive, with read speeds up to 415MB/s and write speeds up to $175MB/s. Get it soon if you want it, because these things tend to run out of stock quickly!

 

128GB Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 SATA III SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Notability for iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 12:26 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Notability for iPad.

 

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***NEW RELEASE SALE for THIS WEEK - 80% OFF***

Handwriting is happiness! Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.

 

Notability is the perfect note-taking companion for iTunes U! Liberate yourself from piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability. Our full-featured and easy to use tool set enables all types of annotating and data capture.

 

** Full-featured Handwriting **

Amazingly smooth ink makes capturing ideas easy and awesome. Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail and the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Our scissors let you copy, move and even re-style the color and width of any ink. Reordering notes is a joy: drag-and-drop thumbnails, while adding or removing pages as needed. Your notes should be as unique as you are, so choose a paper to fit your style and use a variety of pen colors and widths to create beautiful notes.

 

** PDF Annotation **

The same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability equip you to annotate PDFs: record, type or handwrite on anything. It's easy to share your annotations with anyone using email or Dropbox and more.

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Google's next data center to be more energy efficient, uses thermal energy storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:40 am

Google and green, it goes hand-in-hand and their next data center will be built with energy savings in mind. Google have previously been good at this with other data centers that are energy-efficient and green. Their latest data center to be built in Taiwan will use thermal energy storage.

 

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Thermal energy storage systems commonly use chilled liquid or ice to act as a thermal battery, enabling a data center operator to run air conditioning at night (when rates are obviously cheaper) and during the day, pump the chilled liquid around the facility for cooling.

 

Increasing electricity rates in Taiwan will be a big reason for Google to tap the thermal storage solution, where they can skip the peak power rates at night and just use liquid or ice as its also cleaner, and a longer lasting way to store energy rather than using batteries. A Google exec has cited the the increasing electricity rates in Taiwan is a reason for building the new system, and also notes that the new Taiwan-based data center will use 50-percent less energy than typical facilities.

 

Google is planning on spending $700 million on three new data centers in Taiwan, which will be the the company's third data center cluster in Asia, after their first two stops for construction in Hong Kong and Singapore. This will be the first time that Google have used thermal energy storage systems for a data center.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:29 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev.

 

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The Dev channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.9 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. This build contains following updates:

 

Updated V8 - 3.9.24.7

Fixed issues: 120519, 120978, 120430, 120193

 

Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

You can read more about Google Chrome releases, and download them, here.

Toshiba expanding flash production next year to cope with increasing demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:22 am

Citing ever-increasing mobile demand, which we all know is insane right now, Toshiba is planning to build a new NAND flash memory plant to cope with this demand, according to claims by a Japanese business paper. The Nikkan Kogyo understood it would be the second piece of a fifth plant in the Yokkaichi whore future had previously been in doubt over the tough Japanese economy.

 

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Construction is said to start in the summer, with the aim of it being operational by 2013. Right now, NAND memory is in the heart of virtually all smart devices (smartphones and tablets) and even solid-state drives, which the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks use exclusively. High-performance users, and even mid-range users also now use SSDs.

 

Toshiba is a main player in the SSD game, against the bigger competitor Samsung, Toshiba still ranks right up there, with the company sometimes being a source of storage supply for Apple. Toshiba is still considered one of the driving forces of the industry, where they're being quite aggressive in pushing flash technology and are planning 19nm manufacturing that could lead to single-chip 128GB memory which should help boost storage in the tight spaces in smart devices.

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