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Microsoft accidently hit share on own social networking site

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 3:52 pm

After having just become apparent that Microsoft are the new owners of domain socl.com, earlier today it was discovered that a teaser landing page was running on that domain which appears to be a new social search service by Microsoft, as indicated in the screenshot of it below :-

 

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A short time later, it was pulled and replaced with the following statement.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.

 

We didn't mean to, honest.

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Thermaltake's Bigwater LCS lineup makes a return

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 2:50 pm

Thermaltake is making another splash with its LCS (Liquid Cooling System) "Bigwater" product lineup, today announcing the new Bigwater A80, Bigwater 760 Plus and also a new LCS version of the Level 10 GT.

 

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The liquid cooling system in the new Level 10 GT LCS comprises all inclusive drive bay unit with a slim copper based waterblock. The P500 pump is capable of pushing 500 litres an hour which is a part of the preinstalled drive bay unit along with a 12CM LED fan and the reservoir.

 

More on the Level 10 GT LCS here.

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ASRock and Fatal1ty merge once again in 990FX style

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 1:26 pm

Mr. Fatal1ty has certainly been rather busy in affliation with ASRock of late, with quite the range of Fatal1ty branded motherboards hammering out one after the other. And now we have another to add to ASRock's fast growing portfolio, the new Fatal1ty 990FX Professional that has launched today.

 

As the name denotes, this is an AMD 990FX based enthusiast class full ATX board crammed with plenty of goodies, ready and waiting for a nice new 8-core Bulldozer to be slid right in.

 

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Alienware's Live Dimension Reality & Area-52 Tour takes off down under

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 9:18 am

Alienware is putting on quite a song and dance in Australia at the moment with its world first Live Dimension Reality experience which took place in Melbourne on July 7th and its Area-52 tour which is scheduled to begin at Sydney's Circular Quay when it opens its doors on July 19, operating there until July 21.

 

 

As you can see from the piece of video coverage of the event last week, a great deal of effort has gone into this show, combining stunts, pyrotechnics, projection mapping and other special effects to demonstrate the power of Alienware. world renowned Melbourne based special effects studio, Boffswana were the powers that be to help reel the audience in to what was clearly quite an impressive performance indeed.

 

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Download of the Day: Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 7:42 am

Our Download of the Day today is Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 2.

 

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.

 

If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

 

Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

 

Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Deal of the Day: 25% Off Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" IPS Flat Panel Monitor - Now $1011.75 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 6:18 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 25% Off Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" IPS Flat Panel Monitor - Now $1011.75 with FREE Shipping.

 

Offer: A nice big 25% off coupon that drops this monster flat panel monitor to just $1011! You get a sweet 2560x1600 resolution on an IPS panel, 117% color gamut and all that you'd expect from a professional monitor. Use coupon code: BH2KS62$4862S6 (expires 7/20/11)

 

25% OFF DELL ULTRASHARP U3011 30 INCH IPS FLAT PANEL MONITOR COUPON DEAL

 

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Hotmail bans common passwords, beefs up security

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 3:41 am

Ah, passwords. Most people are still surprised to learn that a majority of users continue to use common passwords such as 1234 or their last name. Microsoft know this and hence are beefing up security of their popular web-based e-mail, Hotmail. Microsoft are changing their password policy which will soon forbid the use of particularly common passwords. What this means is anyone who creates a new Hotmail account or changes the password of their existing account won't be able to use obvious passwords like "123456" or "password."

 

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The new security system will block common phrases such as "ilovecats." In the near future, Microsoft could also extend this ban on obvious passwords to existing accounts. If an account is compromised, and that account sends you spam or a fraudulent e-mail, you can report that their account has been compromised. The feature is called "My friend's been hacked!," and this will block their account so the spammer can no longer user it, when your friend tries to log in the next time they'll go through an account recovery process.

 

I now await every service that uses a password to implement these features. Your move, World.

Apple is now the third-biggest US PC vendor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 3:00 am

Apple have really changed over the past decade, the iPad and iPhones have revolutionized entire markets, killed off the older giants and Mac sales are continuing to grow and have now even reached the bronze position of being the third-biggest PC vendor in the US according to IDC's market share data. IDC says that Apple's share of US PC shipments sits at a respectable 10.7-percent, with HP sitting at 26.3-percent and Dell on 22.2-percent. These numbers are pretty far ahead of Toshiba and Acer with 9.1 and 8.5-percent respectively.

 

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But, consider this is just US sales, Apple are in third position. Internationally, Apple don't even make the top five which is made up of juggernauts HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus. Looking at the PC market as a whole, IDC have reported that there has been a 2.6-percent ride in PC shipments for Q2 of this year. IDC points this to a number of factors for its sluggish growth inclusive of "competition from smartphones, other consumer products and pressure from lackluster economic conditions."

Google Android hits 130 million total devices, 6 billion app downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 2:30 am

During Google's Second Quarter earnings call, a fair amount of focus was put on the success of Android, which was put in Larry Page's successful consumer products category. How successful is Android? Well, the OS is powering 130 million total devices with six billion app installs from the Android Market.

 

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The last time Google gave out device stats for Android was at i/o and the number sat at 100 million. Comparatively, Apple were sitting at 200 million devices at WWDC. Android is receiving 550,000 activations per day (that still blows my mind), up from 500,000 that Google mobile VP Andy Rubin announced 16 days ago, growing at 4.4-percent week over week according to Rubin. Very nice, Google. I must say Android is amazing, it powers not only my Smartphone but my Tablet.

Adobe release Flash 11 beta for Windows, Mac and Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 15, 2011 1:47 am

Adobe has released a beta version of Flash 11 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Adobe have also announced the availability of the Adobe AIR 3 beta which is available for Windows and Mac, but has been killed on Linux in favour for Adobe to focus on mobile instead. Adobe says this is this first beta is a desktop release with mobile on it's way soon. 64-bit support is now included which is a pretty big step since the preview of it back in September of 2010.

 

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Adobe have also listed a bunch of features and performance enhancements included in both the Flash Player 11 and AIR 3:

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