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People spend 136x more time on Facebook than Google+ in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 5:45 am

If we listen to the latest data from comScore, Google+ users actually spent an average of 3.3 minutes per month on Google+ in January of this year. Comparing this number to Facebook, where they have an average of 7.5 hours last month, this is a whopping 136-times greater than the average Google+ visitor.

 

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Google of course downplayed the super-low numbers, claiming that their own internal data shows much higher numbers, and that Google+ is actually growing. If we look at the other comScore data, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter all beat Google+ in minutes-per-month spent on the respective social networking websites. We have 17 minutes, 8 minutes, and 21 minutes for LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter, respectively.

 

Just 7.5 hours a month on Facebook? Well, considering I'm on the thing for 8 hours-plus per day, what am I? A super non-average Facebook user? Am I addicted? Not as much as some, I have friends and family who literally spend those 7.5 hours, in a single day, on a smartphone, and not get bored. I'm bored of Facebook in minutes, I just have it sitting in a Chrome tab, waiting for that (1) to show up and haunt me to check it out.

 

What about you?

OCZ Technology and TweakTown Join Forces to Load Your BF3 Faster

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:59 am

OCZ Technology and TweakTown have teamed up to decrease your Battlefield 3 load times. TweakTown launched an Official Battlefield 3 Server and are looking forward to gaming with you! In March the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server will track stats via Game Tracker.

 

OCZ Technology has generously provided three award winning solid state drives that will be awarded to the top three scores for the month of March.

 

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  • 1st Place OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB
  • 2nd Place OCZ Technology Octane 128GB
  • 3rd Place OCZ Technology Agility 3 120GB

 

Players will also need to post on the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Forum in the Post Your Player Name thread to be eligible. Winners will be announced in the TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Forum on April 2nd. This is a global contest. See you on the battlefield.

 

TweakTown Battlefield 3 Server Link

 

TweakTown Battlefield 3 Forum Link

WD will swap a few HDD assets with Toshiba, edges closer to Hitachi GST merger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:29 am

Western Digital has just announced they've reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation to divest certain hard drive manufacturing assets in order to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies reviewing the company's close-but-not-quite-there acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST).

 

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Within the deal itself, Toshiba will acquire manufacturing and released IP from WD for 3.5-inch hard drives, as well as the firm's near-line storage unit for server application use. WD has also announced they've agreed, subject to completion of the divestiture transaction, to purchase Toshiba Storage Device Thailand (TSDT), a hard drive manufacturing facility that has not resumed operations since the 2011 Thailand floods.

 

WD plan to slide TSDT facilities and employees into existing operations in Thailand. Financially, nothing is known from these agreements, yet.

Doom 4 artwork leaked, is this the real deal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 3:27 am

Rumors of Doom 4 being cancelled have once again been shot down by Bethesda Softworks, after All Games Beta publishing some information stating that the game had been cancelled, simultaneously releasing leaked screenshots that originally surfaced on 4Chan.

 

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Bethesda vice president of public relations and marketing, Pete Hines, said to Joystiq in a statement, that Doom 4 is not cancelled and that when they are ready to discuss the game and show it off, they'll let everyone know. All Games Beta opened the floodgates and have now added more screenshots to their gallery, totalling 170 images.

 

Considering that id's RAGE was not that great, personally, critically and across the world, it would be hard to have faith in this after RAGE took five-plus years to develop. id need to go back to their roots as a PC-exclusive developer and push the envelope with Doom 4 if they want their time in the lime light once more. A PC-exclusive, PC-crushing, crap-your-pants horror game is what we need right now. Doom 4 could re-spark PC's constantly-dimming light.

SimCity V to arrive in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 2:41 am

Oh me, oh my. I cannot believe I'm about to type this, but SimCity V is coming. Yes, it's being worked on by the original Maxis/EA combo. Right now theres not a lot to talk about apart from some screenshots and a couple of details, but at least we know it's coming.

 

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The information has been spotted over at the NeoGAF forums, and from there, someone posted a translated post from German magazine 'GameStar'. The message gives some details, that it's currently 30-percent through development, 2013 release, Maxis is developing with EA publishing, and then we have:

 

PROS:

 

New graphics engine and road round.

Multiplayer mode.

Buildings updatable.

The various cities.

Send infographics.

The positioning of the camera …

 

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Oh boy. Color me so, so excited. I now have some questions for Maxis/EA. Is this going to be a PC-exclusive, please, yes. Secondly, is this going to be an Origin-exclusive, please, no.

 

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AMD acquires SeaMicro, wants to float into the cloud micro-server market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 1:24 am

AMD is entering what they're calling a 'disruptive server strategy', where they've just acquired an Intel micro-server partner, SeaMicro. Until now, SeaMicro had been building micro-servers using Intel's Sandy Bridge, or Atom-based processors.

 

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AMD have reportedly paid $344 million for SeaMicro, and is set to use them to push itself into the server market as a component, and also, hardware supplier. This is a setback for Intel, as SeaMicro's server designs were flexible enough to accommodate up to 786 Atom processors in one server.

 

SeaMicro won't even need to have any special configurations to support AMD's x86-based chips and are flexible enough to accept ARM-based chips as well as MIPS-based processors. SeaMicro and Intel were quite close, where SeaMicro had been Intel's main partner in the burgeoning micro-server market, which has been forecasted to take 10-percent of the total server market by 2015.

 

AMD CEO Rory Read has said:

 

We are accelerating AMD's transformation into an agile, disruptive innovator capable of staking a data center leadership position. The unmatched combination of AMD's processing capabilities, SeaMicro's system and fabric technology, and our ambidextrous technology approach uniquely positions AMD with a compelling, differentiated position to attack the fastest growing segment of the server market.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is ready for download right now

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 2:57 pm

Microsoft has just pulled the trigger and launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and it's ready for download and your testing now.

 

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.

 

Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it's commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

 

Go and grab it here if you are interested.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 29, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 1:28 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 29th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO - Vortez

Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Black and White Mid-Tower - eTeknix

NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid Full Tower - Pro-Clockers

 

Storage:

 

Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid HDD - Hardware Secrets

OCZ Octane 512GB Solid State Drive (v1.13 firmware) - KitGuru

 

Peripherals:

 

QPAD MK-50 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - techPowerUp!

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Deal of the Day: eBay - Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB for $429.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Our Deal of the Day is eBay - [Go4Computers] Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB Tablet, Black, for $429.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Are you one of the remaining 37 or so people in this world without an iPad? Well, here you go. Get a new black Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB tablet for just $429.99 with FREE shipping on Ebay through highly rated merchant: Go 4 Computers. If you want one, get one soon though, because they've sold through hundreds already. Sales tax only charged to FL addresses (unlike the Apple Store, which collects sales tax everywhere).

 

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Mobile App of the Day: GroupMe for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:30 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is GroupMe for Windows Phone.

 

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GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It's absolutely free, whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it's easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.

 

On GroupMe, you can catch up with your family, get a group together for a night out, coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip with a few of your closest friends. Think about it like your own private Twitter, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.

 

No matter how you think about it, "you won't know how you lived without it once you give it a shot." -Gizmodo

 

Now a part of the Skype family.

 

FEATURES:

 

-Start groups with the people already in your contacts...no need to remember usernames or PINs.

-Whenever you or anyone else in the group sends a message, everyone receives it. The conversation starts instantly.

-The app uses your data connection by default, but when you have a poor connection, you can switch to receiving messages via SMS. You'll never miss a message!

-Chat online when you don't have your phone nearby at http://groupme.com

-Share photos inline-take them on-the-go or choose from ones you've already taken.

-Send a direct message to anyone who has the GroupMe app for free.

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