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DisplayPort 1.2 brings active cable support, longer cords and a new logo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 23, 2011 2:00 am

VESA have popped their heads up quickly to announce an update to the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. The updates include video connections that can be stretched up to 100 feet - five times that of what is out now and will use thinner gauge wire for more flexible cords. The one backlash is the cables are directional, but the new logo should help the confusion over which end goes where.

 

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For those of you with DisplayPort hardware, and for those who over time will end up going DisplayPort, this is good news. Longer cables mean more options!

Duke Nukem Forever demo is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 23, 2011 1:30 am

Duke Nukem Forever has so far received pretty 'meh' reviews, in this day and age people like to try before they buy and now with a demo of Duke Nukem Forever available, it gives you the choice to play it and make up your own mind. The demo is available to anyone with a Steam account and available right now! Go get some!

 

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Crysis 2 DX11 patch coming June 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:55 am

Just in time to make Crysis 2 relevant again, the DX11 patch is coming June 27. MyCrysis reveals that both the DX11-enabling 1.9 patch will also include the "High Res Texture packages" and will be available on Monday, June 27. The patch includes hardware tessellation support, which DX11 players will have to download. In order to see these spruced up textures, users will require 1GB of VRAM and a 64-bit OS.

 

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The official change log is looking good;

 

Added Contact Shadows

Added DX11 benchmark level

Added DX11 support for Crysis 2 (the following features only work when downloading the optional DX11 package here):

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Smartphone apps just in time for tax time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 3:24 am

Tax time is nearly here, but this year is a bit different - smartphones. There are now numerous apps out there to help you all by using your fingers to do the work. First up we have my Tax which was developed by a chartered accountant. my Tax allows you to calculate your annual personal tax for 2009, 2010 and 2011; PAYG, GST and FBT; and salary sacrificing. my Tax also includes a loan calculator, a tax rates summary, pay calculator, a BAS calculator and a CGT calculator. PDF reports can be generated and printed directly from your iOS-based device.

 

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Next up is Aussie Tax Calculator for Android-based smartphones. It is not as feature-laden as my Tax, but is is free. With Aussie Tax Calculator, you'll be able to calculate your annual tax and PAYG on up to four incomes.

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RumorTT: Apple iPhone 5 to be announced and released in August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 2:30 am

Apple's usual announce and release dates for iPhones have always been this time of the year, but Apple have missed the mark this year and are now rumored to be announcing and releasing the next-generation iPhone 5 in August. Apple has been rumored to be giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S, an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals. This is not the iPhone 5, which is rumored to include anything from an 8-megapixel camera by Sony to a larger, but thinner bezel.

 

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According to BGR, the iPhone 5 will have a radical new case design. Many people are expecting Apple to announce the new iPhone at their annual September event which is usually iPod-focused. Apple may break tradition and hold an even in the middle of August for the announcement of the next-generation iPhone.

Apple about to release upgraded AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 2:00 am

Apple is close to releasing updated models of their AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products. The refreshed models are expected to be on shelves any day now. The AirPort Extreme comes in one flavor, with the Time Capsules coming in two flavours, both a 2TB and 3TB model. The Time Capsule devices are rumored to include a new software update caching feature that will store Mac OS and iOS updates on the Time Capsule's hard drive for installation on any network-based Mac/iOS device.

 

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Also coming from Apple are new Mac minis, Mac Pros and MacBook Airs.

Nintendo 3DS gets original 3D television content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 1:25 am

Nintendo 3DS users will be excited to know that several minutes of original 3D television content begins today in Japan. The free service which when translated to English means SpotPass TV is a collaboration between Nintendo and the Fiju TV network. After setting subscription options, the clips will be automatically downloaded to the 3DS.

 

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The clips are from eight shows ranging from reality television to animal shows, there are plans from SpotPass TV to make more shows available. At launch the shows available for the 3DS include: Scheduled Animals' Calendar, an animal infotainment show; Suddenly, View Special Selected Tracks 3D, a train show; 3D Magic Classroom, which teaches magic tricks; Idling! 3D Sumo Place: a challenge format game show; Pop Daily: A short form drama that centers on trivia; Forest of 3D Sculptures, a tour of the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan's first outdoor museum; and Enjoy! Sport, a sports show.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for June 21, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 21, 2011 2:29 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - June 21st, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- AMD 990FX: Prepping for Bulldozer @ Hardware Secrets

- Sapphire PURE WHITE FUSION E350 and Sapphire PURE FUSION MINI E350 Mainboards @ XBit Labs

 

Memory

 

- Kingston HyperX Lovo 1866MHz Low Voltage Memory Kit @ eTeknix

- G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-2133mhz @ Kitguru

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Sapphire 6950 DiRT 3 Edition @ Pureoverclock

- AMD HD 6990 4GB Dual Graphics Video Card with 3 and 5-Monitor Eyefinity @ HiTechLegion

- Contemporary Graphics Cards in Duke Nukem Forever @ XBit Labs

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Download of the Day: Firefox 5.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 21, 2011 8:24 am

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 5.0.

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

 

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