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EVGA set to unleash a new global warranty policy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 2:21 am

EVGA are set to update their warranty policy with a new global-based policy, which will be announced in a week or so. EVGA's "New and Improved Global Warranty" will soon be publicly announced through their website, but between now and then we can look at the basic overview of the biggest changes to their system:

 

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  • Warranties are now transferable - they follow the product, and not the owner.
  • All products purchased on or after July 1st, 2011 have a minimum of a 3-Year warranty, regardless of registration. (except Recertified 90-day, and 1-Year Warranty products)
  • Incentives and bonuses are given out to those who do register within 30 days of purchase - such as eligibility towards EVGA's Step-Up Program and Extended Warranty options.
  • Registration is no longer required for RMAs.
  • If a customer moves to another region, and their product fails, they can now send it to a local warranty center regardless of product origin.

 

On top of this, EVGA will offer a Standard Cross-Shipping RMA service, free of charge. EVGA will cross-ship a replacement product to the customer, as long as the customer provides a valid credit card as collateral, and the customer will pay for the return shipping of their malfunctioning part. At the moment, the Advanced RMA Program covers shipping both ways.

Ron Burgundy announces Anchorman 2 on Conan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 1:49 am

Will Ferrell appeared in character as the super-amazing Ron Burgundy from Anchorman on Conan tonight, where he announced that Paramount has had a change of heart, and have agreed to make a sequel to one of the most quotable movies of all time: Anchorman.

 

 

Ron took the stage, playing the flute and took a few stabs at Conan saying how awful he looked, telling him to go to a plastic surgeon, to point to his face and say "this is a page 1 re-write". In full character, Will Ferrell is just amazing.

 

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Anchorman 2 has now been announced, people, and has gone to my number 2 most wanted to see movie list under Superman: Man of Steel in 2013. Anchorman 2 is no longer stuck in a glass cage of emotion, and has now kicked back with a 30-year-old scotch and is sipping away until release.

IDC estimates Android will surpass Windows by 2016, could see 1.8 billion devices in the wild

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 1:32 am

We can feel it now: a massive undercurrent shift of the way we use technology. 10 years ago, if you wanted to use the Internet, you required a desktop, and failing that, a notebook. Notebooks were just too thick, and large, and their battery lives were crap. Desktops were the only route, really.

 

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Now, you can use the Internet on your TV, fridge, smartphone, tablet, iPod, and countless other Internet-connected devices. The IDC has put out a long-term estimate, where they've put mobile and desktop platforms in a single smart device category, where they've estimated that Windows will slip from 35.9-percent market share in 2011, to just 25.1-percent in 2016.

 

Android would move from 29.4-percent to 31.1-percent in the same 2011-2016 time frame. iOS is the smaller puppy here, with just 14.6-percent from 2011, and with an estimated 2016 market share of just 17.3-percent. The total number of smart devices? This goes from a 1.1 billion predicted for this year, to 1.8 billion in 2016.

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Gmail app for iPad, iPhone gets updated, now lets you send e-mails from alternate e-mail addresses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 12:36 am

First up, if you're not a Gmail user, you should really get into it, it's an amazingly powerful thing to use in this technology driven world. Second, it has just been updated for iOS, now sporting a new important feature: sending e-mails from alternate e-mail addresses.

 

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This is something quite useful for me, personally, as I'll send a bunch of e-mails every day from either my personal @gmail.com account, but I also have all of my TweakTown e-mails forwarded to my personal Gmail account so that they're synched across my smartphone, MacBook Pro, iPad, PC, and any other Internet-connected device I use, anywhere in the world. This way I can "reply as" either @gmail.com or @tweaktown.com, which is just amazingly powerful and easy to use.

 

The updated iOS app can now send and respond to messages from any address you have within your Gmail account, finally! But, while the new Gmail app is updated, Apple's default Mail program is still pretty powerful and something I'd recommend over Google's app, or Sparrow for iPhone which is quite powerful in itself, but doesn't support push notifications (what the?) at the moment.

MegaUpload lawyer asserts feds are impeding defense

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 11:37 pm

MegaUpload would like to gain access to its seized servers in order to collect evidence to prove the innocence of the accused MegaUpload employees. However, officials will not release the $1 million dollars required to do so, hence the claim that the feds are impeding the defense of MegaUpload. "It's hard to reconcile the chain of events in this matter with any other conclusion," Rothken said. "MegaUpload is frustrated and wants to preserve the data for litigation and to defend itself and ultimately -- with the approval of the court -- to provide consumers access to their data."

 

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According to MegaUpload's lawyers, there is no criminal copyright infringement statute in the United States, so if the US get the extradition they are requesting, MegaUpload will be successful in its defense. MegaUpload's lawyers are trying to prepare for the extradition defense, but are unable to because they don't have access to the e-mails, documents, and files on the servers which they claim will refute the charges.

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Apple forced to give refund to Australian iPad buyers over '4G' confusion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 10:19 pm

It's the new and improved iPad and it sports 4G support for increased data speeds worldwide! Well, not if you're in Australia. Australia's 4G network runs on a different frequency band than what the new iPad supports. So you can't technically get 4G in Australia, even if you do have the new iPad.

 

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Apple to court over misleading advertising, due to the fact that the iPad doesn't operate on the 4G LTE bands that are used in Australia. "The ACCC alleges that Apple's recent promotion of the new 'iPad with WiFi + 4G' is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product "iPad with WiFi + 4G" can, with a SIM card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case," it says.

 

Apple has now extended the offer to all Australian buyers of the new iPad to collect a refund if they feel they have been mislead by the advertising. This may only be the start of 4G problems for Apple. The iPad is compatible with US and Canadian 4G networks, but many European networks are planning 4G networks which fall outside the supported bands.

 

So Anthony, were you mislead?

Army testing robots inspired by sand fleas, roaches

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 9:14 pm

The US Army shows no signs in stopping its demand for robots, even in the 10-year old conflict. The two new robots that the Army are currently testing will join the over 2,000 robots that are already employed by the Army for bomb disposal, classified ops, and for security checkpoints. Boston Dynamics, creator of the cool BigDog bot and others, is the creator for these two new robots.

 

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Both were developed with funding from the Army's Rapid Equipping Force. They are now undergoing testing at the Army Test and Evaluation Command to pass safety and reliability assessments. The first type is the RHex which is a six-legged, 30-pound crawling bot inspired by cockroaches. It wiggles around through mud, streams, and rocky terrain, going up to six hours on a battery charge. The bot can be controlled by remote up to 650 yards away and can manage stairs, slopes, and even swim underwater.

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Google Street View takes armchair tourism to the Alps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 8:03 pm

Tourism from the seat of your own home seems to be the way of the future. From Pinterest posters posting beautiful pictures of places they would like to travel, to Google taking Street View to the Amazon rain forest. Well now, you can use Google Street View to take a ride on the famous UNESCO World Heritage Albula/Bernina railway line.

 

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The imagery is available directly in Google Maps like all Street View data is, but it is also available in its only gallery located here. The image collection process for this latest edition started last year just like the Amazon project. You can see a video about how they did it below. You can also visit the newly updated Street View Gallery.

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RumorTT: Sony PS4 may be codenamed Orbis, use AMD chip and 4K video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 7:02 pm

A new rumor has hit the streets regarding the upcoming PS4. The rumor details its code name, chip maker, and some other curious details. So let's begin. First off, its codename is believed to be Obris, or "circle," possibly to make it part of a "circle of life" with the PS Vita. The cell procaphessor is rumored to be dropped completely along with the Nvidia graphics.

 

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In its place its rumored to use a 64-bit, x86-based AMD processor as well as graphics based on AMD's Southern Island core, which powers the 7700 series and up. Likely, the performance would be towards the upper spectrum of gaming performance. It should be able to play 3D games at 1080p but probably only regular games at 4K (4096x2160).

 

Switching to the x86 processor would cause the new PS4 not to be backward compatible with PS3 games. It also is rumored that the PS4 would block used games, at least to some extent. They may take a step like selling an online pass, but this step will still anger companies like GameStop.

AMD Catalyst 12.3 drivers are now available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 6:10 pm

AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 12.3 driver today for download. It's mainly a support upgrade where is features full support for Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit for the 7000 series. Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series will be made available in AMD Catalyst 12.4

 

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Additionally, the drivers have fixed the following issues:

 

• AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/delays have been resolved

• Elder Scrolls: Skyrim : No longer displays flickering and texture corruption with Anti-Aliasing enabled

• Alan Wake : A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled.

• Far Cry 2 : A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting.

• Tom Clancy HAWX : No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled.

• Furmark Benchmark : No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode.

• Quake 4 : No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode

• XPlane : Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption.

 

You can download Catalyst 12.3 here

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