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Apple opens the doors to its iCloud website

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:14 pm

Apple's new iCloud service is almost complete and ready to rumble. The newly supporting version of iTunes was just outed yesterday and now Apple has just opened up the gates to its iCloud site.

 

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You will now be able to sign into the service which gives seamless backup of your data to the cloud; but of course, you won't be able to actually use it until the final and most important piece of the puzzle becomes available; running on either the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5 (both of which are yet to be released - but are imminent).

 

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for October 12, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 3:12 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 12th, 2011

 

CPU & APU

 

- AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 @ Pureoverclock

- AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

- AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer 8 Core CPU @ Techwarelabs

- AMD FX-8150 @ Overclockers Club

- AMD FX - Codename "Bulldozer" review @ Planet3DNow

- AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer CPU @ Madshrimps

- AMD's FX-8150 'Bulldozer' processor @ Tech Report

- AMD Bulldozer's rusty start - AMD FX-8150 in detail @ HT4U

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Weekly Giveaway: Enermax Hoplite mid-tower case and three T60-VD CPU coolers

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 2:46 pm

This week we have teamed up with the folks over at Enermax who are giving a stunning looking Hoplite mid-tower case as well as three equally impressive looking T60-VD CPU coolers.

 

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Hoplite is an impressive looking mid-tower case with a load of different features. On the top of the case it comes with a hot-swap dock for easily mounting and removing hard drives. The front of the case features a stylish plain but elegant design that features quick release bay covers, a flip open fan door for easy cleaning and two bottom hot-swap drive bays.

 

Enermax's T60-VD CPU coolers promise to offer great performance with its patented VGF (Vortex Generator Flow) technology to greatly increase air convection and a unique air path creating high VEF (Vacuum Effect) to optimize the airflow.

 

Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.

WD has suspended its HDD production in Thailand due to floods

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 12:28 pm

The massive flooding going on in Thailand at the moment has not only affected millions upon millions of people over a wide spread region, but it's also of course affecting many businesses operating there, including Western Digital.

 

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The company has just issued out a press release indicating the severity of the situation, having been forced to suspend its hard drive production at that location to protect not only their employees, but also equipment from being destroyed by the uncontrollable amounts of water.

 

As a result, it unfortunately means that there will be serious constraints in WD's overall supply, as the company heavily depends on its Thailand facilities for its inner workings. In the quarter ending July 1st the Thailand fab had shipped just over 32 million HDDs which equates to about 60% of WD's total manufacturing output.

 

With the always changing conditions in Thailand at the moment WD has said that they can't yet make a full assessment as to the impact this has long term. No doubt we'll get an update on the situation again soon; hopefully a more positive one.

Download of the Day: Recuva 1.41.537

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 11:34 am

Our Download of the Day today is Recuva 1.41.537.

 

Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!

 

• Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover

• Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type

• Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view

• Can be run from a USB thumb drive

• Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.

• Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems

• Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)

• Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives

• It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!

 

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Deal of the Day: 2TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:53 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 2TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: This 2TB external hard drive with 2 year warranty is just $79.99 with FREE shipping from Staples. You can buy upgrade kits for it to make the move to USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 too.

 

2TB SEAGATE STAC2000100 FREEAGENT GOFLEX DESK KIT USB 2.0 DESKTOP EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

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RumorTT: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 to launch November 7th?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:13 am

ASUS's Transformer has enjoyed the fruits of its labor, winning the hearts of many tablet-loving fans across the world. But, the Tegra 3-packing Transformer 2 has been gettings its fair share of rumor-filled goodness, and today is a great day for that. LambdaTek Component Shop currently lists the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, or as its model number TF201-1I020A, for £537.85 including VAT.

 

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The retailers site details are limited, but it does list the Transformer 2 as sporting the quad-core Tegra 3 from NVIDIA, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display and all powered by Android 3 Honeycomb. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has previously said that the Transformer 2 will launch by the end of the year, with a retail price of $499, 40% below what is currently listed on LambdaTek's website.

App of the Day: Facebook for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:09 am

Our App of the Day today is Facebook for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 with iOS 3.0 or later.

 

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With the mad rush of iOS app update recently with iOS 5.0 about to drop on the world, Facebook also joined in on the fun.

 

Yesterday Zuck and crew finally made the world and its iPad's happy by finally releasing Facebook for iPad. It's pretty much what I expected, but that's a good thing. It provides almost the full desktop Facebook experience on your iPad and they did a good job of it.

 

Besides the launch of Facebook for iPad, the regular iPhone app has also bene updated with some rather good user interface changes that I like a lot. Today Facebook released version 4.0.1 which fixes some issues with signing in after updating the app from an older version.

 

Facebook for iPad

 

With high-res photos, games, chat and more, now you can get the best of Facebook-on your iPad.

 

- Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album

- Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another

- Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are

- Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends' photos, updates and stories ...

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SlingPlayer app now available for Android Honeycomb tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 am

Sling Media have just released a dedicated SlingPlayer app for Android 3.x tablets that has just hit the Android Market. A mobile phone version has been available for a while now but could only be used in compatibility mode, where picture quality suffered. Sling Media charge the same price as the iPad version, $29.99. If you had purchased the smartphone version, this is another $29.99 you'll have to spend.

 

 

The tablet version sports improved video quality and a new program guide that makes it a breeze to browse content while still watching TV. There's also a new remote interface that provides even easier control over programming. Grab it here if you're a fan of the Sling.

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GeIL's EpicGear showcase Meduza, world's first HDST dual sensor gaming mouse

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 9:05 am

Earlier on today we attended the GeIL Overclocking Showdown featuring two famous Russian overclockers Smoke and Slamms. Besides all of the overclocking fun, GeIL took the opportunity to promote its new gaming brand called EpicGear.

 

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It's a very new brand at the moment with products still in development, but one of their first products that they did have on display was the Meduza gaming mouse. Before you say, "oh, not another gaming mouse...", listen up.

 

This mouse features what EpicGear is calling the world's first "HDST" and that stands for hybrid dual sensor technology. As you'll see in the pictures, on the back surface of the mouse where you usually see either a laser or optical sensor for tracking, EpicGear include both a laser sensor and an optical sensor. EpicGear says that super fast laser sensor with speeds up to 6000 DPI and the stable optical precision with jitter-free operation leads to an overall much better feel and use than traditional mice.

 

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We didn't get much of a chance to use the mouse as the overclockers were using the Meduza during their testing, but we'll be getting one in shortly for review and you can expect a review in a month or so. We also don't have any details on pricing or availability at this stage, but it should be on the market soon.

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