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RumorTT: Apple television set coming next year, designed by iTunes creator?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 6:28 am

Rumor has it that Apple could be preparing to launch the long-rumored Apple television in 2012. The project is reportedly being led by the same software engineer who developed iTunes, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the product. Jeff Robbin, who helped created the iPod, is set to be leading the Apple television development.

 

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Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, believes that Apple already has a prototype in the wild, and could be prepared to launch it late 2012, if not, early 2013. But, Munster has been saying this since 2009, so we should always take that with a grain of salt. Rumors have floated around of an Apple-branded television set for years now, but what has changed the playing field is Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs.

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Amazon is making "millions more" Kindle Fires than expected, huge demand is to blame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 5:44 am

Amazon is having to put production of the Kindle Fire into severe overdrive after seeing a huge spike in demand, according to Amazon's earnings report. Jeff Bezos said in a statement that Kindle Fire pre-orders are causing Amazon to increase capacity and produce "millions more" tablets than they have originally planned.

 

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It looks like Apple's iPad will have a new, strong, very in-demand competitor. With a name like Kindle Fire, it will surely catch on and with Amazon having to produce "millions" more, this can only be a good thing for both Amazon and consumers. With some estimates pointing at as many as 3.4 million Android-powered tablets in the hands of customers, the "millions more" Kindle Fire's will definitely be causing a dent in Apple's numbers.

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HTC confirms they will offer 5GB Dropbox storage to anyone who purchases a new HTC handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 4:33 am

HTC has partnered up with Dropbox to offer a new deal with all of the latest Android-based handsets that will give a bonus of 3GB storage in addition to the 2GB of free storage offered by Dropbox if they connect to the platform with the new phone - launching in October.

 

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The deal which is set to extend to all Sense 3.5 devices in the futurer, all allow users to save files and photos on their phone and have them automatically synced to their computer at home, or other devices running the Dropbox software. Dropbox currently offers users 2GB of storage, free, with the change to upgrade that by 8GB by getting friends to sign up to Dropbox. HTC's additional deal with 3GB makes reaching the 10GB storage for free, not that hard at all.

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Skyrim's PC system requirements unveiled, launches on 11/11

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 3:42 am

Skyrim is only 2 weeks away and Bethesda have just confirmed the system requirements for the upcoming title. The requirements aren't too bad, but they're a tad higher than the 2006-based Oblivion, so if you're still chugging along on older hardware and want to get the most out of Skyrim, you might want to start an upgrade, now.

 

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Recommended system requirements:

 

Quad-core Intel/AMD CPU

4GB RAM

DirectX 9 video card with 1GB RAM - Nvidia GTX 260/AMD Radeon 4890 or better

Windows XP/7

6GB hard disk space

DirectX compatible soundcard

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iPod fathers new startup "Nest Labs" builds Learning Thermostat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 2:30 am

Fathers of the iPod, Ton Fadell who created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three versions of the iPhone, and Matt Rogers who was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, have a new startup: Nest Labs. Their first product? The Nest Learning Thermostat, which is designed to intelligently "learn" the behaviors of the user and adjust accordingly.

 

 

During the first seven days of use, the customer will set base temperatures using a single dial which is like a big click wheel. Click the wheel right for the temperature to increase and the display to turn orange, or to the left, to bring it down and the display turns blue. The Nest then records your initial settings and starts to take over after the first week or so. As usage continues, Nest will fine-tune settings using sensors, algorithms and cloud computing.

 

As an example, Nest is able to detect when users have left the house using a motion sensor and it will throttle back heating or cooling accordingly. The thermostat also includes an ambient light sensor and will adjust the brightness of the display relative to the surrounding light in the room to not cause eye strain.

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SAPPHIRE celebrates Battlefield 3's launch with Special Edition HD 6970 GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 1:26 am

To celebrate the launch of Battlefield 3 (for some initial impressions, check it out here), SAPPHIRE Technology have introduced the SAPPHIRE HD 6970 BF3 Special Edition, which sports two SAPPHIRE exclusive technologies, SAPPHIRE FleX and Vapor-X cooling as well as performance enhancing options for the enthusiast and finally, a FREE copy of Battlefield 3.

 

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The SAPPHIRE HD 6970 BF3 Special Edition includes a Dual BIOS switch which goes between two performance settings delivering the best performance in its class. While sitting in the 'normal' setting, clock speed sit at 880MHz for core, 1375MHz for memory and a quite fan profile. Choosing the "boost" setting throws the card up to 930MHz as well as increasing core voltage, fan speed and overclock limits to deliver higher performance.

 

SAPPHIRE's FleX technology is also great as it allows Eyefinity from three DVI monitors, without the need for DisplayPort or any adapters. Vapor-X cooling is also awesome, which enables the performance to be maxed out, but keeping those noise levels down low.

 

It's a little late to be offering BF3, but if you purchase the card and have multiple machines at home, or a friend who doesn't yet own BF3, this is a great product from SAPPHIRE.

Tablets overtook netbook shipments in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 12:47 am

Tablet shipments rose more than 112-percent in Q2 of this year, eclipsing netbook shipments for the first time. Tablet sales reportedly hit 13.6 million in Q2, a decent increase from Q1 which saw 6.4 million sold. Netbooks were the champions of Q1 with estimated sales of 8.4 million, roughly 2 million more than tablets.

 

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The spike in tablet shipments is largely thanks to Apple's iPad 2. 68-percent of all tablets shipped globally in Q2 were iPad models. ABI Research group director, Jeff Orr says why many people are choosing tablets over netbooks:

 

Media tablets are perceived to be easy to use, compared to the keyboard and mouse interface of a netbook computer. Those who have avoided PCs because they are difficult to use - think the Baby Boomer generation and older - see media tablets as an opportunity to re-engage with Internet access.

 

Netbooks won't just disappear, though. They're still great value in underdeveloped counties where PC access at home is tougher to come by. Early adopters in the US, Japan, South Korea and Western Europe are expected to continue to drive tablet sales forward.

Battlefield 3 launches, initial impressions, yes its awesome, but it has its issues, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2011 12:20 am

For everyone who reads TweakTown, and more specifically, my news posts, you'll know that I've been waiting for Battlefield 3 for what feels like, my entire life. I've posted everything from screenshots, to launch trailers, alpha footage to beta/full release footage, interviews, details and everything in-between. I found out on a forum last night that the game can be unlocked for some who change some VPN settings, so I did so...

 

 

I have a 3 screen (Alienware AW2310's) in Portrait, backed up by 2 x GIGABYTE GeForce GTX570's and a 4GHz Core i7... the beta, I had a few little issues, but they somehow worked themselves out and I was bug-free for the rest of the beta. The full game on the other hand... doesn't even work on my 3 screen setup. Yes, that's right: the beta worked and the full game does not.

 

My issue is, I launch the game, and it goes full-screen. Once its in full-screen, I can hear it load up and finish, if I move my mouse I can hear the cursor going over menus, but I cannot see the menus. If I alt-tab and go to a window, the menus appear and it's OK. If I click a menu, it goes back to full-screen. So I have to click a menu, alt-tab, full-screen, click a menu, alt-tab, full screen, etc until I get to video and change it to run in a window.

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Tuesday Afternoon Roundup for October 25, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:12 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 25th, 2011

 

Video/Monitor

 

- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1 GD5 Power Edition/OC Graphics Card @ XBit Labs

- Great Value from Sapphire: Radeon HD 6870 Dirt 3 Edition and Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X Graphics Cards @ XBit Labs

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- High Power Direct12 BR 850 W Power Supply @ Hardware Secrets

- Antec Solo II Case @ RBMods

- EOLIZE announcing new SVD-NC11-02 Mini-ATX Chassis @ eTonix

 

Cooling

 

- Gelid GX-7 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

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Deal of the Day: ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 x16 Video Card for $19.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:37 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - ZOTAC ZT-40604-10L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card for $19.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: $19.99 after $30 mail in rebate (expiring 10/31/11) gets you this 1GB GeForce GT 430 PCI Express 2.0 x16 card with DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI outputs.

 

ZOTAC ZT-40604-10L GEFORCE GT 430 1GB VIDEO CARD REBATE DEAL

 

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