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The average Silicon Valley Tech salary has passed $100k

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 7:26 am

The average annual salary of a Silicon Valley technology worker has surpassed the $100,000 mark this year. Tech-jobs website operator Dice Holdings Inc. has said that salaries for software and other engineering professionals in California's Silicon Valley rose 5.2-percent to an average of $104,195 last year.




This beat the average 2-percent increase to $81,327 in tech-workers' salaries nationwide. It was also the first time since Dice began the salary survey in 2001 that the numbers broke the $100,000 mark, said Tom Silver, a Dice senior vice president. It comes at a time where companies such as Facebook Inc., Zynga Inc., and Twitter Inc., that have reignited the web boom.


Some companies have gone public, too, with LinkedIn Corp. and Zynga hitting IPOs and Facebook is eyeing an IPO soon, too. Their success has made a domino effect on new start-ups, which has then ignited a hiring war for software engineers and others.


To compare, job growth elsewhere in the U.S. has remained relatively slow. U.S. employers added 200,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.5-percent, its lowest level since early 2009. Silver said "there's a tussle for talent growing in Silicon Valley and employers have to pay up." Tech-job postings in Silicon Valley on Dice rose to 5,026 earlier this month, up 26-percent from 3,974 a year ago. Nationwide, tech-jobs only rose 11-percent in the same period.

Windows 8 will include simplified wireless connectivity configuration

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 6:28 am

Windows 8 is set to make it easier than ever for users to manage their Wi-Fi and mobile connections, with group program manager on Microsoft's devices and networking team, Billy Anders, publishing a post on Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog, that outlines steps taken to improve the wireless connectivity experience.




Mobile broadband is being integrated alongside standard Wi-Fi in Windows 8. In Windows 7, it was included, but there were several steps required to be taken before the mobile device could connect, such as installing third-party drivers and software. Microsoft are removing that annoying step, by working with mobile broadband hardware partners to develop a universal driver that will work with all mobile devices and eliminate the need for additional drivers or software.


Windows 8 will include a new networks settings menu that allows you to turn off individual radios (Bluetooth, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi) or disable them all at once with the new airplane mode. This native radio management is said to eliminate conflicts and confusion that is often introduced when third-party manufacturers add their own connection software.

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Intel to acquire Qlogic's InfiniBand assets, whips out $125 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 5:29 am

Intel have just announced they have agreed to acquire QLogic's InfiniBand business for $125 billion in cash. The move ie said to enhance Intel's networking and scalable high-performance computing portfolio. The deal is expected to close by the end of the current quarter pending the usual regulatory approvals.




What is InfiniBand? InfiniBand is a switched fabric communications link for data flow between processors and I/O devices used in high-performance computing and enterprise data centers. Intel says that the acquisition supports their vision of innovating on fabric architectures to achieve ExaFLOP/s performance by 2018. An ExaFLOP/s is a quintillion computer operations per second, a hundred times more than today's fastest supercomputers. Fast, huh?


Intel has also said that they expect a "significant number" of InfiniBand employees to join their company. QLogic may have sold their InfiniBand assets, but they will now reportedly work on converged networking, Ethernet and storage area networking (SAN) products.

Anonymous threatens Facebook, again, this time they'll take it down on January 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 4:21 am

[Updated] Here we go again. Anonymous plan to take Facebook down on January 28 as part of what they are calling Operation Global Blackout Part 2. The voiceover on the video claims responsibility for the recent attacks on CBS, Warner Brothers and the FBI.



In the video, viewers are encouraged to be part of the "first official cyber war and help bring Facebook down". Why is Facebook being targeted? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe because taking down Facebook would get everybody to stand up and listen.


Anonymous are recruiting people to download their "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" (LOIC), which is an open source network stress testing and denial-of-service attack application. The video goes on to explain how to use the app to attack Facebook but points out that if done randomly, it won't work as Facebook has over 60,000 servers across the world.

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Toshiba AT200 Android-based tablet gets priced for Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 3:26 am

Toshiba are about to unleash their thin-as-hell 10.1-inch Android-based tablet in Australia. The Toshiba AT200 is a 10.1-inch tablet, weighs in at 535 grams, includes 16GB of on-board storage, micro HDMI, micro USB 2.0 and micro SD card slots.




Toshiba have announced today at the AT200 will be priced at $579 here in Australia. The AT200 also sports Gorilla Glass, an a very thin 7.7mm body. Considering it only has Honeycomb and not Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS, it won't be a huge competitor.


The iPad is roughly the same price, and at that price the Transformer Prime is quite the contender. Toshiba is trying, but are they trying hard enough? Will you pick one up at this price, if you don't already have a tablet?

Biggest solar flare since 2005 is happening right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 2:49 am

We're not even finished with the first month of 2012 and we are already experiencing some seriously powerful stuff happening to us because of one of the most important things we, humans, require to live: our Sun, our Star. The Sun, at around 0359 UT on January 23, from sunspot 1402 erupted and produced a long-duration M9-class solar flare.


The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being classed an X-flare, the most powerful there can be. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the flare's most extreme ultraviolet flare, below:




The resulting coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field at 0617 UT on January 22 and according to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field and briefly exposed satellites in geosynchronous orbit to solar wind plasma. The effects of this will last roughly 24 hours, where Earth's magnetic field reverberates from the impact. This causes bright auroras to be seen around the arctic circle. Bjørn Jørgensen observed this display from Tromsø, Norway:




Jørgensen said "this was amazing, it was a wonderful experience to see these stunning auroras".

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Monday Morning Roundup for January 23, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 23, 2012 12:25 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 23rd, 2012.




TekNmotion Yapster Universal Headset - Overclockers Club


Video cards:


Galaxy GeForce GT 440 2GB - Neoseeker

First look: ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Top Video Card - Legit Reviews

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 FleX -

HIS 6670 1GB Fan - XSReviews

KFA2 MDT X4 - GTX580 1538MB GDDR5 - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: HP ENVY 14 Premium 14.5" Laptop PC w/ 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M - $799.99 Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 23, 2012 11:28 am

Our Deal of the Day is HP ENVY 14 Premium 14.5" Laptop PC w/ 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M - $799.99 Shipped Free!




HP has a $450 off coupon on their super sexy ENVY 14 laptop PC making it just $799.99 shipped free!


2nd Gen 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M w/ Turbo up to 3.0 GHz

1GB DDR3 Radeon HD 6630 switchable Graphics [HDMI, Mini Display Port]

14.5" High Definition HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1366x768)

6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM)

SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support (Slot Load)

500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

Skype-certified 720p HP TrueVision HD Webcam

Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth

Backlit Keyboard


HP has updated the ENVY 14 with a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-24130M, Skype-certified 720p webcam, and the Radeon HD 6630 switchable graphics!

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Mobile App of the Day: SkyDrive for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 23, 2012 10:37 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is SkyDrive for Windows Phone




SkyDrive from Microsoft is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. Windows Phone has built-in access to SkyDrive right from the Office and Pictures hubs. It can also automatically upload pictures you take to SkyDrive for easy access.


Now the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone also lets you manage and share files - all in one place. You can:


• Browse your entire SkyDrive including files shared with you


• View recently used documents


• Upload your pictures


• Share a link to any file using email


• Create folders. Delete files or folders

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Help us make Facebook and Twitter banners - best wins G.Skill RipjawsZ 16GB memory kit!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jan 23, 2012 9:55 am

Attention graphic designers! We are in need of some web ad banners to help us promote our Facebook and Twitter pages.


We require the following image sizes: 728 x 90, 160 x 600, 468 x 60 and 300 x 250 (pixels). They can be flash (SWF), but if they are please include a clickTAG. They could also be JPG, PNG and GIF - it's your choice. They should be stylish and draw attention to our readers highlighting our Facebook fan page and Twitter page and encourage them to click the banner and join up with us on our social pages.




We will pick one winner who we think made the best banners and the winner will take home a G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-14900 16GB memory kit which is currently worth $130 USD. Anyone in the world can enter and we will cover the shipping cost for you.


The contest will run from now till January 31st, 2012. Send your banners via email for consideration to camwilmot (at) tweaktown dot com.

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