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Apple's Mac OS X Lion passes gold master status

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 4:00 pm

Apple's next operating system has just been offered to developers with the gold master seed of OS X Lion, this version is usually the same version end users receive when it's released. With the OS hitting gold master status this early into July, we might see Lion much earlier in July then expected, possibly in the next week or so.

 

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Previously with Snow Leopard, the time between hitting gold master status and being on the shelves was two weeks. This of course could be sped up as the released of Lion will be on the App Store and requires users to have OS X 10.6.8 installed, which lets you transition over to Lion.

 

Lion is set to feature over 250 new features such as full-screen application support, more multitouch gestures, system resume, auto save for data, AirDrop file transfer and a feature called "Launchpad" which looks identical to the icon-based app launcher found in iOS.

Anonymous now using #OpESR to engage in a class action lawsuit against the Federal Reserve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 11:41 am

Anonymous is inviting all, Anonymous and non-anons to join OpESR in demanding Federal Reserve accountability. Instead of just hacking random companies and websites like other Lulz-orientated hacking groups, Anonymous are grabbing the Fed by the balls and asking "why?". Obviously this might not end up in any serious court, or even reach the mainstream media, but we're finally seeing a group large enough to make a difference, try.

 

 

Trying is better than nothing and we'll see how this one goes. For those who don't want to watch the video and would like the TL;DR, look below or click into the news story for a full read.

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Poll Results - Which is the best mobile OS?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 3, 2011 10:47 am

Our latest poll had over 2000 people who answered, which is the best mobile OS?

 

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For readers of TweakTown by far the most popular and best mobile OS for them was Google's Android mobile OS taking home over half of the votes at 54%.

 

In second place with 18% of the votes and by a fair margin was Apple with iOS and in third place was Microsoft with Windows Phone. There are still some Nokia lovers out there in our audience who gave forth place to Symbian OS with 6% of the votes.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what day of the week would you like to receive the TweakTown Weekly Newsletter? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

 

If you are interested, you can sign up to the TweakTown Weekly Newsletter right here.

Samsung intros five more Series 9 Ultra-thin notebooks

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 7:48 am

Samsung's ultra-thin Series 9 line-up of notebooks has just been extended with five more Intel powered models; three of which are 13.3-inch and two 11.6-inch sized ones. This family of notebooks are only 0.62-inches thick and no more than 1.31kg in weight.

 

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All five models use SSDs and have an LED-backlit SuperBright panel running a 1366x768 resolution, Intel IGP, USB 3.0 support, FastStart technology (can ready up a machine in as little as 3 seconds), packed in a duralumin chassis with pre-loaded installation of Windows 7 Home Premium.

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Sandy Bridge-E platform pushed back yet again

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 6:18 am

A bit of sour news for those anticipating the release of Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge-E series (to replace the aging LGA-1366 core platform) that was originally said to be Q3, then delayed to Q4, and now as a reliable source has indicated, is looking to be more like Q1 of 2012.

 

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VR-Zone has a possible reasoning behind why Intel keeps pushing back the launch, but it's all only speculation at this time. The Sandy Bridge-E series units are based on the same core used in Intel's upcoming LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon processors. As these chips are larger in size, it means fewer per wafer, so it could simply be a case of Intel making efforts to stock up on a good amount of these for its refreshed Xeon family before moving attention back onto the consumer market again.

 

It should be iterated, though, that this is only a possible basis for the delay, but whatever the reason, I guess there is a bright side to this - it also gives you a little more time to save your pennies up for Intel's next-gen flagship consumer platform.

Speck think outside the box with the HandyShell for iPad 2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 4:54 am

Sure, there's an absolute TON of third party iPad/2 cases to choose from these days and everyone's going to have a different idea about what's a better option over another, but there's this one case released by Speck just the other day which caught my eye due to the particularly wide versatility of it.

 

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The HandyShell for iPad 2 from Speck is a hard shell case which, with its raised rubber bezel and repositionable multi-function handle, allows for quite the array of one handed grips and other convenient uses. The gallery of pictures on the product page alone quickly give you perspective on why Speck dubbed this case the HandyShell.

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AMD release Catalyst 11.6 hotfix with A-Series APU support

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 2, 2011 3:45 am

A Catalyst hotfix update has just been released by AMD in the form of the 11.6a some 15 days after the official 11.6s were released.

 

The new driver is said to carry an identical feature set to the 11.6 suite, but adds support for the graphics processors inside the A6-3600 (Radeon HD 6530D) and A8-3800 (Radeon HD 6550D) APU series that were just launched the other day.

 

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If you'd still like to try it out on your discrete card out of curiosity for any hidden benefits, you can locate it here for download folks.

Friday Morning Roundup for July 1, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 1, 2011 2:56 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 1st, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Sony VAIO VPC-EH14FM/B Notebook @ Techreviewsource

- AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand w/ 11? MacBook Air @ Kitguru

 

Motherboard

 

- Biostar TZ68A+ LGA1155 @ Techpowerup

- Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic

 

CPU

 

- A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU @ Hardware Secrets

- AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU @ Legit Reviews

- AMD A8-3850 Llano APU @ TweakPC

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Download of the Day: System Mechanic 10.5

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 1, 2011 7:33 am

Our Download of the Day today is System Mechanic 10.5.

 

Get the most comprehensive diagnosis available, and enjoy that new PC feeling again!

 

You don't have to be an expert - it's easy to let System Mechanic automatically run a full battery of over 200 critical tests in just a few minutes using over 50 tools to uncover why your PC is running so slowly.

 

- Easy to understand system overview

- Quick or Deep analysis options

- Comprehensive status gauge

- Clear explanation of each problem

- Straightforward actions to fix all problems or only those you want

 

You can easily perform dozens of performance-boosting optimizations in one step!

 

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Steam Summer Camp Sale now on, June 30 to July 10, new deals everyday!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2011 4:00 am

Steam are running yet another sale, this time it's dubbed the Steam Summer Camp Sale. Featuring big savings on both Featured Packs and Publisher Catalogs, the sales run from today until July 10th. Today's deals include Oblivion with 66-percent off, down to $6.80 USD, The Witcher 2 with 33-percent off down to $50.24 USD, Medal of Honor down 66-percent to $23.79 USD and Test Drive Unlimited 2 with 50-percent off at a nice $9.99 USD.

 

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Every day will bring new sales so be sure to open not only your wallet, but your heart.

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