The latest happenings from around the web - March 3rd, 2011
- Tablets of 2011: What to Look For @ Techspot
- Lenovo Thinkpad U260 Core i3 12.5-in Notebook @ PC Perspective
- Lenovo ThinkPad T510 @ BusinessComputingWorld
- Sapphire Fusion Mini E350 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Gigabyte Fusion E350N USB3 Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Essence One @ Vortez
- ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
Our Download of the Day today is Xfire 1.132 Build 44036.
Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.
Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.132 Build 44036
* Fixed several issues with notifications
* Fixed text color display problem in chat window
Our Deal of the Day today is the Apple Store - Original Apple iPad Cheap!.
Offer: With the announcement of the iPad 2, Apple has heavily discounted its remaining stock of the original iPad. You can get recertified iPads for:
16GB Wifi iPad [refurbished] - $349
32GB Wifi iPad [refurbished] - $429
64GB Wifi iPad [refurbished] - $529
16GB 3G iPad [refurbished] - $479
32GB 3G iPad [refurbished] - $559
64GB 3G iPad [refurbished] - $659
Remember, factory refurbished iPads carry the same warranty as new ones and are essentially (but not legally) new.
Keep this in mind if you are scouring Craigslist for a cheap used iPad. The cheapest I saw was $349 for a 16GB wifi version. Prices should drop even more as the month progresses.
Alternatively, if you want a cheap Android tablet, consider the NOOK COLOR. These have been rooted and custom ROMs have been made. They also have one of the best displays with 7" LCD running at 1024x600 on a IPS panel.
Earlier on today I stopped by the BitFenix headquarters here in Taipei and spoke with product manager David about the Taiwanese company's new range of mid-range computer cases that are due to go on sale midway through April in the United States and Europe.
Shinobi is the name and there are two versions: the standard Shinobi coming in at $59 USD and the Shinobi Window coming in at $69 USD. You would be mistaken in thinking that the only difference between the two is that one has a side window and the other one doesn't. While that is partly true, the window version is actually more expensive since it also includes a well designed tool-free design for the hard drives and optical drives.
These cases are made of a nice soft rubbery material that is easy on the eye and feels great. The design is simple with no fancy lights or anything like that, but still manages to maintain a good level of style. Internally most of the important chassis design points can be ticked off with good color coding, impressive cable management, a CPU cut out for easily changing coolers without the need of having to remove the motherboard and more.
In the video above David gives us a good introduction to both cases.
Steve Jobs today announced at the Apple event in San Fransisco that Apple now have 200 million people with Apple ID (iTunes) accounts. These accounts are tied to credit cards with one-click purchase access.
"Amazon doesn't publish their numbers. But it's very likely that this is the most accounts with cards anywhere on the Internet," Jobs said. Apple also has now paid out over $2 billion to app developers directly thanks to those 200 million customers from the App Store. Jobs also said there are now 350, 000 apps in the App Store with 65, 000 specifically built for the iPad.
QNAP have been showing off their new firmware for the Turbo NAS range at CeBit. Version 3.4 introduces new features such as support for RAID 10 disk arrays, real-time remote replication of one NAS to another and MyCloudNAS Remote Access.
MyCloudNAS Remote Access allows a user to have a unique domain name for their NAS to gain easy access via the internet. Other features include improved folder permissions, cloud-based backup, support for a wider range of USB Wi-Fi adapters, a new print server with support for Mac, virtual LAN support and a new version of QNAP's BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP download manager, Download Station V2.
NVIDIA have released a new beta driver in the form of v267.24 - which is in the Release 265 family of drivers. The driver package supports all GeForce cards from the 6-series up to the 500-series as well as ION desktop GPU's.
New features and support in 267.24 include, 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm, SLI support for Homefront, improved compatibility with Dragon Age II and also includes a fix for the problem where the NVIDIA control panel is not accessible via the Windows desktop. The driver set also includes HD Audio driver v184.108.40.206, PhysX System Software v9.10.0514.
It looks as though Microsoft might be cutting the SideWinder range of products off, reports from VR-Zone are saying that Microsoft plan to discontinue the SideWinder Range which consists of four mice (X3, X5 and X8) and two keyboards (X4 and X6).
Microsoft discontinued the SideWinder range back in 2003 but bought it back in 2007 hoping to establish a name for itself amongst the gamers. Apparently none of the SideWinder products ever really took hold of the gamers and with serious competition from Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries, Microsoft look to be bowing out of the race.
Even though there's no USB Port, iPad 2 still got some pretty cool accessories today at the unveiling.
As you can see from the video, this cover is all magnets and intelligence. The cover, made of microfiber, attaches magnetically to the side of the iPad. It's unique design allows the user to fold it into two different stand positions, and it's quite lightweight as well.
Not only does using the cover clean your iPad screen, it automatically puts the device to sleep, too- which will of course reawaken when you fold back the cover. Pretty darn nifty- and it's available in polyurethane (bright colors) or leather (earthtones), albeit at a moderate price tag of $39 and $69, respectively.
Apple, famous for the restrictiveness of its post-pc devices finally gives us more than, well, an Apple cable.
According to the twitter-stream-throttling hashtag #ipad2, everyone is talking about Apple's newest post-PC product release, announced today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Despite rumors of his failing health, a very chipper-looking Steve Jobs showed up to deliver the keynote presentation, which in true Apple style rolled out all of the next-gen iPad's newest features, many of which confirmed previous rumors and speculations about the device.