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Thursday Afternoon Roundup for July 28, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 1st, 2011

 

Systems

 

- TechSpot's Laptop Buying Guide: Q3 2011 @ Techspot

- Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G 18-inch Notebook @ TechReviewSource

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock X58 Extreme 3 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

- ASUS M5A97 EVO and M5A99X EVO @ Pureoverclock

- EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

- ASUS G74SW Motherboard @ Ocaholic

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Skype releases official 5.5 Update with Facebook integration

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 4:32 pm

Based on user feedback from its June beta release, Skype has now rolled out the final 5.5 build of its software which is available for download immediately.

 

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Skype 5.5 adds deeper Facebook integration in that you can view which of your FB friends are online from it directly as well as being able to instant message them from the new 'Facebook Contacts' tab. The ability to view and update your Facebook status is also possible as well as being able to view and 'like' posts from your wall directly from Skype Home.

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Nintendo dropping its 3DS from $249 to just $169 next month

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 3:56 pm

In obvious efforts to significantly increase sales counts on its 3DS handheld gaming console before Vita steps on its turf, Nintendo has issued out a press release today that indicates quite the price drop coming to the U.S. and several other regions. They will be shaving $80 off the cost of the 3DS, taking it down from $249 to $169 as of the 12th of August.

 

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If you're one of the 830,000 odd people in the U.S. who've already paid out for the 3DS and feeling somewhat bitter about the above, at least there's a little sweetener in it for you guys too. As long as you've logged into the eShop at least once before the price cut, Nintendo will allow you to grab 10 free NES virtual console games from September 1st, as well as 10 more Game Boy Advance virtual console games, these of which are games Nintendo isn't planning to release to the general public before the end of this year.

NVIDIA 280.19 Beta Driver brings a ton of fixes

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 2:54 pm

A new beta driver for NVIDIA cards has been made available over at GeForce.com today in the R280.19s. It promises a ton of fixes along with new and updated 3D Vision profiles as well as a couple new features.

 

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Furthermore, while it isn't mentioned in the release notes, these drivers are recommended for testing the BattleField 3 Alpha release as they are said to address a number of in-game glitches seen in previous driver releases while helping in the performance dept.

 

If you happen to be running an SLI rig in conjunction with a 3D Vision kit, these drivers are also recommended to enable 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D video support. On that note, the 280.19s will also give you the ability to enable Window mode in the most recent version of the 3D Vision player.

 

For a complete rundown on the release notes, head over to this page on GeForce.com folks.

A bit of meat on iPhone 5 and iPad 3 launch dates

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 2:24 pm

Following repeated rumours recently that point towards an early September release date for Apple's iPhone 5, another has popped up this week that reiterates the period of launch, specifically indicating the second week of September.

 

This ties in with another rumour that Apple has a late August event planned ahead of the launch itself, giving the company about two weeks lead time to ensure all goes smoothly.

 

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A seperate tip mentioned in the China Times claims that the iPad 3 is still on track for launch sometime this fall, but has been pushed back to Thanksgiving in November due to a parts shortage. But it's hard to put much trust in this when looking at recent launch patterns (Apple usually avoids launches later than October in a given year) and also since Steve Jobs has pushed the point already of 2011 being the "year of the iPad 2" when it was launched.

 

It's been said that Apple is apparently producing four million iPhone 5 units in its first batch to support the initial launch in what is now looking to be more and more like early to mid September.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 14.0.835.2 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 7:10 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 14.0.835.2 Beta.

 

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Deal of the Day: 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 + 97c Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 5:42 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 plus 97 Cents Shipping!.

 

Offer: Walmart has an excellent deal on Dell's Studio 15z laptop. This ultra-thin (0.71" thick front to 0.996" thick back) lightweight (5.52 lbs including a 9-cell Prismatic battery) laptop features a 15.6" HD WLED TFT, 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5-480M processor (with Turbo Boost to 3.06Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, slot-loading DVD+/-RW DL, Intel 6200N 802.11b/g/n wireless, 10/100/1000 networking, 2MP HD webcam, 7-in-1 media card reader, Bluetooth, HDMI out, Intel WiDi capable, backlit keyboard, 9-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty!

 

DELL STUDIO 15Z LAPTOP DEAL

 

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Smartphone sales set to hit 420 million in 2011, will take 28% of the total phone market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 3:00 am

Smartphones are set to hit 420 million units sold this year, with a big chunk of the increased market share estimates going to players like Samsung and HTC with big increases, with Apple only expected to see a 20-percent increase in market share. IMSResearch says:

 

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Of the traditional handset manufacturers, Samsung has demonstrated the best results in recent years. Capitalizing on its diverse portfolio - which includes devices using the company's own bada operating system along with Android and Windows Mobile - as well as its highly popular Galaxy series, Samsung smartphone market share increased from about three percent in 1Q 2010 to over 13 percent in 1Q 2011. At the same time smaller, dedicated smartphone vendors such as HTC have seen their position rise dramatically.

 

As you can see from the above chart, Nokia are dropping from a whopping 40-percent down to a paltry 24-percent, Apple only increase from 16 to 19-percent, where Samsung have climbed up the ladder considerably from 3-percent up to an amazing 13-percent. LG have done well, increasing from 1 to 4-percent.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution goes gold, releases on August 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 3:00 am

Eidos Montreal have unveiled the greatest news I've read in a while, that Deus Ex: Human Revolution has gone gold and will be released on August 23. Yes, it's actually coming out - it's not another delay or problem with the game, it is finished, complete, golden. Here's a quote if you don't believe me:

 

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We couldn't be more excited that Deus Ex: Human Revolution has gone gold and will soon be in the hands of expectant gamers," said Eidos-Montreal's general manager Stephane D'Astous. "As the first release for Eidos-Montreal, it's impossible to express how extremely proud we are of the final product and all of the hard work that went into its creation.

Police arrest 19-year old LulzSec hacker 'Topiary'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 28, 2011 2:30 am

A member of both "Anonymous Operations" and "Lulz Security", 'Topiary' has been arrested on Wednesday, news coming from the Metropolitan Police Service. 'Topiary' served as the publicist of both hacker groups and often posted press releases and statements via Twitter. He had an apartment in Shetland Islands, Scotland and the apartment is currently being searched. A second 17-year old person in Lincolnshire, England is also being interviewed by has not yet been arrested.

 

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The FBI began raiding apartments and arresting a number of people believed to be involved with Anonymous and LulzSec starting on July 19th. The hacker groups have said in response to the arrests that there is "nothing - absolutely nothing - you can possibly do to make us stop." During that time, Topiary is said to have tweeted "Arresting people won't stop us, FBI. We will only cease fire when you all wear shoes on your head. That's the only way this is ending," which is from the official LulzSec Twitter account.

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