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Apple unveil next-gen iMacs, quad-core, Thunderbolt and AMD HD 6000-series graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 4, 2011 1:47 am

Apple have today finally unveiled what we've all know for a while - updated Sandy Bridge-powered iMacs. The new iMacs have next-gen Intel quad-core processors, AMD HD 6000-series graphics, Thunderbolt I/O and a new FaceTime HD Camera. The 21.5-inch iMac features a single Thunderbolt port, with the 27-inch model includes two Thunderbolt ports.

 

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The new iMac also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera which allows users to call friends of family and enjoy HD chat with them, this is compatible with all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls with iPad 2, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch.

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Nintendo 3DS AR Games Get More Portable When You Tattoo The Marker On Your Body

By: Trak Lord | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: May 4, 2011 12:31 am

Cranberry Zero, a poster for IHEARTCHAOS, has taken it upon himself (literally) to be an anchor for the Nintendo 3DS suite of augmented reality games and experiences. Really literally- the dude went and tattooed the '?' design from the AR marker onto his forearm!

 

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What goes through someone's head before he or she actually makes a decision like this? Well, Cranberry Zero solved that riddle for us:

 

Last week I finally snagged a Nintendo 3DS and after playing the augmented reality games, the first thing I thought was "Oh s***, that AR card would make a killer tattoo." And so this weekend, I got the 3DS AR tattoo and it's f***ing awesome.

 

The Mii photo came out pretty well, but it couldn't have been easy to take. The 3DS isn't exactly a one-handed device, as further proven by the following video:

 

 

Not the most easily accessible augmented reality experience. Also- how are you going to play the game if your one free hand is holding the 3DS? There's also this:

 

Sorry that it's jittery...the way I was having to hold my arm and hold the 3DS and look through the viewfinder of the camera meant that my arm was at a slight angle and the 3DS was trying to place it on a flat plane.

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Download of the Day: Firefox 4.0.1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 3, 2011 8:40 am

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 4.0.1.

 

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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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 4.0.1

 

- Fixed several security issues.

- Fixed several stability issues.

 

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Deal of the Day: 21.5" Acer P216HV bd 1080p LCD Monitor with 3 Year Warranty for $99.99 with FREE Delivery!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 3, 2011 7:38 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 21.5" Acer P216HV bd 1080p LCD Monitor with 3 Year Warranty for $99.99 with FREE Delivery!.

 

Offer: Get the 21.5" Acer P216HV bd LCD monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5000:1 contrast, 200 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, VGA, HDCP compliant DVI, and a 3 year warranty for just $99.99 with FREE delivery.

 

21.5" ACER P216HV BD ET.WP6HP.006 1080P LCD MONITOR DEAL

 

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer production limited to 10,000 per month, someone call Shia LaBeouf!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 3, 2011 5:27 am

ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer is facing a hard time meeting consumer demand, not because it's not popular but because ASUS can't make enough of them! ASUS is finding it hard securing supplies needed to manufacturer the Android-powered tablet and for now, production is limited to 10, 000 per month. Keep in mind that ASUS were hoping for 300, 000 units per month - so as you can see, this is not good enough.

 

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Great quantities are coming and production will then receive the domino effect, yet this won't come until June. For now, ASUS will have to keep this robot in disguise.

Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 3, 2011 4:53 am

The latest happenings from around the web - May 3rd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP TouchSmart 610 @ Techreviewsource

- ASUS can only produce 10k Eee Pad Transformer per month @ Netbooknews

- Beginner's Guide to Building a Home Theater PC @ MissingRemote

- Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview @ Hot Hardware

 

Motherboard

 

- Benjamin Yeh reveals over 420m Asus mainboards sold @ Kitguru

- MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) Intel P67 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

- ASUS K53 Review: Mass Market Dual-Core Sandy Bridge @ PC Perspective

- Gigabyte H67A-UD3H ATX @ OCIA

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RumorTT: Apple to Sandy Bridge-ify their iMacs this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 3, 2011 3:03 am

This rumor has been floating the tubes for a while but according to AppleInsider, they were tipped off by people "familiar with the matter" that the refresh of the iMacs will happen tomorrow. On top of the Sandy Bridge upgrade they'll receive Thunderbolt just like the new MacBook Pros.

 

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We should see the same GPU that powers the MacBook Pros in the new Sandy Bridge iMacs which is the Radeon HD 6000-series. Screen wise there should be the same models, right up to a 27-inch, 2560x1440 beast. Here's hoping the price comes down with the new specs!

Microsoft thrash Apple for OS revenue in 2010, surprised? Didn't think so

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 3, 2011 2:38 am

Microsoft pulled in a total of $30.4 billion in 2010 for worldwide operating system revenue, a decent 7.8-percent growth from 2009. In terms of OS market share, Microsoft are still king with 78.6-percent in terms of revenue, with Apple way behind with only 1.7-percent.

 

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IBM, HP, Oracle and Red Hat each did better than Apple (!) with 7.5, 3.7, 2.6 and 2.0-percent of the market respectively. Microsoft's Windows client business had decent growth of 9.2-percent compared with the Server side of their business with only 7.5-percent. It's good to see Microsoft still king of the OS battle and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

RIM Announces Two Brand New Smartphones: BlackBerry Bold 9900 & 9930, Now With New OS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 3, 2011 12:57 am

RIM are still holding onto the smartphone market and have shown this by debuting a couple of new smartphones that RIM are claiming to be the thinnest and most powerful Blackberry devices yet. The new smartphones are also powered by the new Blackberry 7 OS, the two models? Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930.

 

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Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research in Motion has said:

 

The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style. These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.

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Osama Bin Laden Death Announcement Sees Highest Sustained Tweet Per Second Ratio To Date

By: Trak Lord | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 2, 2011 10:18 pm

In case you live under a rock, or in a multi-acre off-the-grid "luxury" Pakistani compound, Osama Bin Laden is officially dead and accounted for, thanks to a successful Covert Ops mission yesterday. Not only did the news start pouring in on Twitter before mainstream media had time to compose stories and segments of greater than 140 characters, but the announcement saw the highest sustained tweets per second (TPS) ever.

 

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The above is the "first" tweet that alerted the Twitterverse to the impending media onslaught, posted 10:25PM EST May 1, yesterday by Keith Urbahn, former Chief of Staff for Donal Rumsfeld, himself the former Secretary of Defense under the George W. Bush administration, one that made the search for Bin Laden a primary ideological focus. It seems that the news itself was actually broken, retroactively, by a resident of Abbottabad, Soahib Athar (Twitter user @reallyvirtual).

 

At 11PM EST, the announcement of Bin Laden's death came in at over 5000 TPS, outdoing every other major Twitter event in the social network's history with the exception of the Japanese New Year's Eve 2010, which peaked at over 6000 TPS. The Bin Laden announcement however sustained a 3,440 TPS for over 3 hours, the longest and highest sustained TPS ratio.

 

Other notable Twitter events include last week's Royal Wedding (now sixth all-time), the Japanese Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami (p

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