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NVIDIA pose with the Radeon HD 6990

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 8, 2011 12:12 am

It looks like NVIDIA are fans of the upcoming dual-GPU from AMD, the Radeon HD 6990. NVIDIA were approached at CeBit and were asked to pose in front of a camera with the Radeon HD 6990, which they agreed to, pearly whites included.

 

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As the picture above shows, NVIDIA are in good spirits. This could mean a few things. They could be just smiling to get it out of the way, smiling because they know their product is better, or smiling in defeat. My guess is the NVIDIA's dual-GPU will be faster but at the use of much more power (400W+) where the HD 6990 should sit pretty at 300W and below.

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Google's Face(book) Gets a Makeover: "Profiles" Review

By: Trak Lord | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 6:41 pm

Almost two years ago, Google launched a rather mundane attempt to compete with social media juggernaut Facebook. If you weren't reading about how detrimental social media is to your brain and your sense of morality (which you probably, and ironically found on your Twitter or Facebook news feeds), you may have caught this somewhat underwhelming SEO boost to your social network two Aprils ago.

 

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This past Thursday, Google announced it had enhanced its Profiles section. I think we all remember what happened the last time Google created a social service that duplicated an existing one, but 8.5 million reminders of their mistake will hopefully avert anything similar this time.

Google users that decide to participate will notice that their profiles will update automatically as new features become available. For the time being, the page looks almost identical to a watered-down Facebook Profile page- but is that necessarily a bad thing?

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Weekly Giveaway: Antec KUHLER box cooler, DF-35 case and HCG-900 power supply

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 3:59 pm

We are back with our Weekly Giveaways after another short break whilst we held our Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System.

 

We have teamed up with Antec this week to giveaway a KÜHLER box cooler, DF-35 case and HCG-900 power supply.

 

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Optimal CPU Cooling

 

Defeat heat created by your processor and allow for improved operation with Antec's KÜHLER box. Designed for compatibility with leading desktop processor sockets, the KÜHLER box supports Intel® Core™ i7, Core™ i5 and AMD® Phenom™ II, among others. This high-performance CPU cooler features a whisper-quiet 120 mm PWM fan positioned between two massive heatsinks with eight embedded copper heat pipes, achieving maximum heat transference. And, it's never been easier to mount your CPU cooler; Antec's KÜHLER box comes with an easy-installation kit with included mini-wrench for simple, fast and frustration-free set-up.

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Download of the Day: uTorrent 2.2.1 RC2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 6:58 am

Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 2.2.1 RC2.

 

µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

 

Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled

 

Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 2.4.0.0 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.

 

Resource-Friendly

 

µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.

 

Skinnable and Localized

 

Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!

 

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Deal of the Day: Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Save 45% Off ThinkPad Edge Laptops + FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 4:08 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Save 45% Off ThinkPad Edge Laptops + FREE Shipping!!.

 

Offer: Features include Intel Core i5 processors, spill resistant and chiclet style keyboard, Windows 7 Professional, built in DVD drives and more all in a sleek slim form factor! And best of all, this is a ThinkPad with 4-5 hours of go time and the legendary ThinkPad quality. Expires 3/10/11. Check it out.

 

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Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 4:06 am

The latest happenings from around the web - March 6th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- The New iPad @ Gizmodo

- MSI GX660R Laptop @ Overclock3D

- Acer Veriton Z290G-UD525W AIO PC @ TechReviewsource

- Gigabyte G1 Assassin and Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Review - 5ghz @ Kitguru

- Apple iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom @ Digitaltrends

- Hands-on with the iPad 2 @ Digitaltrends

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Angry Birds coming soon to... Facebook!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2011 3:43 am

Rovio has been enjoying their sky-rocketing success lately and have TV/movie spin-offs happening but also a new 'collaborative' Facebook game coming out. Currently the PS3 has a version of Angry Birds out on the PSN with Wii and 360 getting their shot soon.

 

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The Facebook version, "there will be completely new aspects to it that just haven't been experienced in any other platform," said studio boss Mikael Hed, who confirms that due to the social site's 'collaborative nature', "the pigs will have a more prominent role". Launching in a few days is "Angry Birds Rio" which is a tie-in with a Fox movie and swaps the evil pigs for monkeys.

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Samsung's 10-inch tablet to ship as announced, iPad 2 is not the monster in Samsung's closet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 6, 2011 5:30 pm

There was a short period of time over the last few days where everyone thought Samsung were going to delay their Honeycomb-based, 10.1-inch tablet. But fear not my dear readers, Samsung are not scared of the iPad 2 and their tablet will ship as expected.

 

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"We will continue to make every effort to provide the most powerful, well-designed and productive mobile device to customers," Executive Vice President Lee Don-Joo is quoted by Yonhap as saying. Samsung are being very mum about the release date, but it can't be overlooked that Apple is making it hard for everyone else trying to release tablets.

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N64oid, a Nintendo 64 emulator for Android-based devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 6, 2011 4:30 pm

N64oid is a Nintendo 64 emulator optimized for Android. N64oid is capable of running most games smoothly with sound, but requires a high-end device like the Nexus S, Nexus One, Droid, Samsung Galaxy, etc.

 

 

The Nintendo 64 emulator also allows you to save or load from any point as well as use the in-game save support. Included is a configurable, translucent on-screen keypad that is very easy to use. Key mappings to map game keys to hardware buttons, option to use the G-sensor as the analog stick and a bunch of other settings that can be tuned to your needs.

Havok physics engine on Android 2.3 - shown off on Xperia Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 6, 2011 4:00 pm

Xperia Play is getting an exciting partnership in the form of the shake of hands with Havok and their Physics engine. Below is a video that shows off the engine running on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

 

 

The video shows off what seems to be 30fps footage, with destruction that is actually quite impressive for a mobile phone. The physics seem natural for the small unit, and I'm guessing this is just the beginning of physics on a mobile device. It looks like we'll soon be tapping the power of current, oldish consoles in our mobile handsets sooner rather than later!

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