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ASUS now doing a couple Battlefield 3 bundles with VGA and Sound Cards

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 1:34 pm

If you're holding off on picking up a copy of Battlefield 3 due to your current VGA card being indefinitely not up to scratch to handle it, ASUS has just the ticket for you convenience wise, and may well save you some cash at the same time.

 

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This page from ASUS direct details a couple bundles they're now offering which comprise a graphics card or sound card, and a Battlefield 3 coupon that can be redeemed on Origin.

 

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The graphics card bundle comprises ASUS' GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP with a BF3-themed Lanyard and of course the coupon for the game thrown in too.

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Download of the Day: SpeedFan 4.45

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 12:39 pm

Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.45.

 

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.

 

SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).

 

SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.

 

SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.

 

SpeedFan can handle:

 

• almost any number of South Bridges

• almost any number of hardware monitor chips

• almost any number of hard disks

• almost any number of temperature readings

• almost any number of voltage readings

• almost any number of fan speed readings

• almost any number of PWMs

 

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Deal of the Day: 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $219.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 11:57 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Coupon Code for 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $219.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: $219.99 with FREE shipping after a bigger $250 off coupon code ($469.99 original price) gets you a 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor with 1200:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 2ms response time GtG, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, plus a 3 year warranty. Use coupon code: BSDZ3NNN$QL69? for the discount. Expires 11/10/11.

 

PLANAR PX2710MW 1080P LCD MONITOR DEAL

 

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Motorola unveils Xoom 2, Xoom 2 Media Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 11:13 am

Motorola have officially unveiled their new tablets, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition. Both of them are virtually identical, both featuring 1.2GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Both will run Android 3.2 and both include the same handful of Google apps out of the box.

 

 

Let's move onto the differences, the full-sized Xoom 2 sports a 10.1-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass, with the smaller Media Edition taking the form of an 8.2-inch display. The Xoom 2 has a bigger battery expected to last up to 10 hours with the Media Edition only capable of 6 hours.

 

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Ever wanted a "splash-guard", well, if you did, you might want to pick up the Xoom 2. It includes one, no, I'm not joking. U.K. and Ireland-based peeps can pick up the Xoom 2 of their choice in "mid-November", but no pricing has been stated as of yet. Release dates in other continents is also not known, but it shouldn't be too far behind our U.K. and Ireland brothers and sisters.

Shuttle launches Matrox-powered Mini PC, supports up to 16 displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 10:24 am

So this is where Matrox has been hiding, it has been in a love dungeon with Shuttle and they've been getting jiggy with it, and the results? A new mini PC, powered by a Matrox M-Series multi-display graphic card that powers the new Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC. The M-Series PCI Express x16 boards support up to eight DisplayPort or single-link DVI monitors at resolutions of up to 2560x1600 per display.

 

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But, get this, a second M-Series card can be combined within the H7 5820S workstation which allows integrators to use a wide range of multi-display installations in corporate, digital signage, security surveillance, process control, stock markets, share traders, crazy-insane monitor lovers and other professional environments.

 

One of the best features, is that its only 19 centimeters (7.5-inches) in height, which means its quite the mini PC indeed. The Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC sports an Intel Core i7 processor with up to six cores and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The high-performance H7 5820S can be incorporated with one or two M9128 dual-monitor, M9138 triple-monitor, M9140/M9148 quad-monitor, and M9188 octal boards.

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Commodore C64x Extreme, sports Core i7, 8GB RAM, sans external floppy drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 9:32 am

Ah, the Commodore. I have such great memories of thee. But, Commodore USA's C64 computer recreations have been quite good since last year, and now we have the third variant, the C64x Extreme. This unit sports the 80s flair, but 2011-specced. Inside, it features an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU capable of turbo boosting to 3.3GHz.

 

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Also, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD integrated graphics and a decent 2TB. On the outside, where this thing looks quite amazing, we have two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port. Also included is HDMI, 3.5mm S/PDIF, VGA and DVI. Apart from the kitchen sink, the C64x Extreme also includes Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, an Ethernet port and even a DVD-RW drive.

 

The only downfall is it comes with Linus Mint 11 pre-loaded, and will only fully support Windows once the company's "retro inspired" Commodore OS Vision becomes available. While it looks insanely cool and will most likely being a nostalgic tear to your eye, it will also kick you in the balls and rob you, too. It'll set you back $1,500. But, to you, it might just be worth it. I'll be down on the ground holding my nads in pain, while dreaming of this amazing beast.

 

Commodore USA plans to ship orders played by November 25th before December 15th, if that helps.

HTC Rezound, 4.3-inch 720p HP screen, Beats Audio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 8:43 am

Once known as the HTC Vigor, HTC have just announced the Rezound. HTC's Rezound packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Verizon LTE, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Not only that, but the Rezound sports a 4.3-inch, 1280x720-capable display which is sure to give your eyes something to be dazzled with.

 

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But with all great things, there is an Achilles Heel. The Rezound only ships with Android 2.3, but is said to get the Ice Cream Sandwich one-over "early next year." Beats branding has been shown off, with red software buttons and a set of Beats earbuds included in the Rezound box.

 

When will Rezound hit Verizon stores? It'll arrive at Verizon and Best Buy on November 14th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon is on fire right now, with the Razr dropping on November 10th and the Galaxy Nexus to launch in the same time period. It's great to be a tech addict right now, folks!

G.Skill RipjawsZ ready to tear it up on X79

By: Shawn Baker | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 8:14 am

While still a few weeks away, we're able to give you a little peak at a kit that's going to see the light of day later in the month when X79 launches. The new RipjawsZ series from G.Skill are designed for the new Intel platform and look absolutely fantastic following that Black / Blue design we've seen from the company before.

 

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Consisting of four 4GB modules, the up and coming kit brings with it a total of 16GB of DDR3 RAM running at PC3-17000 or 2133MHz DDR. Taking a closer look at the modules we get a better idea what's going on with the timings. As you can see we've got a 9-11-9-28 setup that requires a grand total of 1.65v.

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Android is the most popular smartphone OS, iOS trails behind sucking its fumes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 7:20 am

New data is available from Nielsen, which shows that Android is still snowballing in the US, continuing their growth and still retains their glorious crown as the most-used smartphone OS in Q3 2011. Android now accounts for 43-percent of U.S. smartphones, up from 39-percent in July. Apple's iOS remained at 28-percent, eating some of that Android dust.

 

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Apple still owns the hardware front, though. iPhones are used by a full 28-percent of all smartphone customers, which catapults them to the top manufacturer for another quarter. RIM's BlackBerry OS is continuing its downward spiral, slipping from 20-percent marketshare to now 18-percent. Not a huge slip, but still something to know about.

 

Windows Phone adoption rate has slowed down and only accounts for 7-percent of smartphones, this is down from the 9-percent figure from last time. Microsoft and Nokia will obviously mix that up next year, as we see the companies merging their powers together to release some very special products. Q3 results are good, but Q4 results are the gem. New hardware (and OS) announcements are coming at a fast rate, which should see the landscape change quite a bit.

 

iOS 5, Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, plenty of new handsets, etc.

Stressed? Soon your PlayStation may know if you're upset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 6:23 am

Stressed? Want to know if you are while you're gaming, well, according to a series of patents that Sony have filed recently, they might be adding biometric sensors to PlayStation 3 controllers and to a handheld resembling the PlayStation Vita.

 

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Will gaming change if it [the game] knows how you feel? Well, think about it... if a game can detect you're stressed by holding the controller down - it might tone down the AI, difficulty, etc. If it's a horror game, it might amp it up, making you more scared and making you hold the controller ever so tightly.

 

The sensors in the patents would measure the moisture of your skin, heart rhythm, and muscle tension. This really could change everything, again, and is something I expected from Apple (snicker), but if Sony incorporates this into the PlayStation 4, it really could change the way games are not only played, but made. It would change everything, from background music and facial expressions to running speed and weapon accuracy.

 

The possibilities of something like this are quite endless.

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