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Issue 16 of the OverClocker magazine now online

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 12:55 pm

Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 16 is now online for your reading pleasure.

 

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The highlights of this month's issue include a day spent with world renowned overclocking champion, KINGP!N, a trip to EVGA headquarters to see what's going on behind the scenes there of late, and some words shared from Massman regarding the situation with famous overclocker Chew who recently chose to exit the overclocking community.

 

Pro also gives arguably the best GTX 580 on the market the full going over, MSI's GTX 580 Lightning, and there's a 4-way SSD shootout to help you make the wonderful jump from mechanical to solid storage.

 

Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.

Download of the Day: Speccy 1.12.265

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 7:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.12.265.

 

Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

 

• Processor brand and model

• Hard drive size and speed

• Amount of memory (RAM)

• Graphics card

• Operating system

 

At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.

 

If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.

 

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Deal of the Day: HP TouchPad Tablets - Status Change!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 6:16 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - HP TouchPad Tablets - Status Change!.

 

Offer: If you've been trying to get a legitimate order of a HP TouchPad, you might be in luck today. HP Home has just updated their status from "Out of Stock" to "Coming soon." HP Home is supposed to more in stock today, so keep on refreshing that page!

 

HP TOUCHPAD 16GB 9.7" TABLET SALE - $99.99 Shipped Free!

HP TOUCHPAD 32GB 9.7" TABLET SALE - $149.99 Shipped Free!

 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 3:30 am

Gearbox may have dropped the ball with the gum-chewing, ladies man and macho man himself, Duke Nukem Forever. But, don't think for a second that's the way they go. Gearbox are tweaking and working on Aliens: Colonial Marines right now and by the looks of the trailer below, they've hit the nail on the head. There's no HUD, the constant beeping of motion trackers and poorly lit environments which are set to scare the hell out of you at every corner.

 

 

Impressive!

 

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Acer sees worse-than-expected Q2 losses to the tune of $234.2 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 3:00 am

Acer has posted their first loss in the history of the company, and has also said it will be impossible to break even for the full year. Acer has been a force to be reckoned with in the low-cost notebook market, but the iPad has cut into PC sales more than expected and has hurt their profits, bad. Acer has since refocused on mobile devices to drive growth a first half that saw the departure of its chief executive following a row over the company's strategy and a series of cuts to its shipment forecasts.

 

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Acer shares were down 2.92-percent on Wednesday, ahead of the earnings announcement. Chairman J. T. Wang told an investor conference that the second-quarter was a "correction period" and the losses were more than expected as Acer cleared up excessive inventory and made severance payments for senior management resignations. Wang said "Today I have to say, trying to break even this year becomes impossible."

Samsung are not buying HP's PC business, enter sad face

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 2:00 am

Yesterday's rumor of Samsung purchasing HP's PC division got people excited, it would be one of the only companies capable of destroying the juggernaut that is Apple, but Samsung have today confirmed that they are not acquiring HP's PC division. Samsung have come out and said it has "no intention of taking over [HP's] personal computer business." It's also worth noting that HP hasn't confirmed plans to exit the PC market just yet. Invetec, another electronics maker, believes that HP is simply extending a feeler and will respond accordingly.

 

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Will the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple be the energy shot that HP needs?

Microsoft to intro file copy improvements in Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 1:30 am

Microsoft are pumping away at Windows 8 and it is not only bringing big UI changes to Windows 8 but another area they've put their magic on is the file management and this should make copying, moving, renaming and deleting files easier than ever before. One improvement in Windows 8 is the ability to view all copy tasks in a single window. This is a much more efficient design and will be welcome on all desktops.

 

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From the single window a user will be able to pause or resume copy operations and will also get a detailed rundown of speeds achieved in each individual task and what the task is up to at a particular time (compete, paused, etc). Another feature exposed today is the redesigned Conflict Resolution dialog window, this window pops up on the event of file name collisions. The revamped window shows [in a much clearer fashion] where everything is located, the time/date and size of the file and gives check boxes and options of what to keep and what action to take.

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Steve Jobs steps down as Apple's CEO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Aug 25, 2011 12:35 am

Steve Jobs has officially submitted his resignation to the Apple board today, and as of this afternoon he will no longer be Apple's Chief Executive Officer. Tim Cook is set to take over as CEO. The exact details as to why he's stepping down as CEO are not disclosed, but many are guessing it's health-related. Jobs has been on medical leave since January 17 - the second time in two years. Steve Jobs' letter is below:

 

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I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

 

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

 

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

 

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

 

Steve

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for August 24, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:56 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - August 24th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Review and Llano Overclocking @ XBit Labs

- ASUS P8B WS - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Overclockers.com

- Asus Sabertooth AMD 990FX Motherboard @ OCIA

- ASUS Rampage III Gene X58 LGA1366 mATX ROG Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Four Graphics Cards: Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti, Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC and XFX Radeon HD 6970/HD 6950 Standard Edition @ XBit Labs

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Details on NVIDIA's upcoming 28nm mobile lineup leaked

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Some slightly fuzzy details on NVIDIA's upcoming 28mm mobile GPU parts have been leaked today; these being Fermi based shrinks, not based on next-gen Kepler.

 

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It should first be noted, the chart provided by semiaccurate that you see above gives a list of the majority, but not all of the upcoming mobile GPU parts on the way, as there will likely be a few more 40nm parts entering the market in amongst this lot.

 

The other important attribute of what we can learn from this chart is the mass production periods noted. Sources are indicating that the much anticipated Kepler lineup of GPUs won't start being released until (at least) three months after these begin rolling out. So if we're not seeing 28nm parts hit the market until January or so, chances are Kepler will miss the boat for a Q1'12 release.

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