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LeakedTT: Website lists the ASUS GTX Titan for sale, will only set you back $1,599

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:02 pm

We've been hearing rumblings of a new card coming from NVIDIA that will be based upon the GK110 GPU. The GK110 is the GPU that powers some of NVIDIA's Tesla workstation GPUs. The rumors say that NVIDIA is planning to release the GPU to counter whatever AMD may have to offer with the HD8000 series.




A leaked posting for the new graphics card puts the price tag at $1,599. The GPU is listed online at Austin Computers, which is based in Australia. As such, the price might not be the same in the United States, but it should give us a starting point. Furthermore, some of the specifications were listed in the title bar.


The card listed is an ASUS that features a PCI-E 3.0 interface, 6GB of RAM, and a 512-bit RAM interface. Previous rumors had placed the RAM at 6GB on a 384-bit memory bus. Clocks are said to be 915MHz with a boost to 1019. There isn't a picture of the product, so take this with some reservations. This posting could be wrong.

SpaceTT: Astronomers ask public to help name Pluto's two new moons

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Recently two more moons were discovered around the former planet Pluto, bringing the total count up to five. Dubbed P4 and P5 for obvious reasons, these two new moons have brought new understanding on how the dwarf planet fits into our solar system.




SETI, the institute that is more so known for its research into discovering alien life, has decided to spice up the bland names given to the newly discovered moons. Beginning today SETI will hold a contest to name the moons. The institute is asking the public to either pick from a list or write in names associated with Hades of Greco-Roman mythology fame.


A list of the pre-selected names can be found on SETI's website, which I have listed below in the Source #2 link below. I decided to go with two common names myself - Heracles and Persephone.

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Solavei becomes the first to market with BlackBerry Z10 in the US, charges premium of $999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:20 pm

For most of the US, the BlackBerry Z10 will not hit shelves until mid-March, but early adopters can get a shiny new Z10 right now from virtual operator Solavei. The catch is that you will only have to sell a minor body part to have the luxury of being the first to have the new device.




For the low low price of $999, Solavei will hook you up with a BlackBerry Z10 and an unlimited voice and data package for $49 a month. The company piggybacks on T-Mobile's GSM / Edge / UTMS / HSPA+ network. With major carriers set to begin selling the new BlackBerry Z10 next month, is having it a few weeks before your friends really worth the greatly inflated price?


Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei, said in a release:


"We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities. Solavei not only gives its members the opportunity to pay less for unlimited mobile service, but even the opportunity to earn income by sharing Solavei with others."

UK satellite TV service Freesat to get new YouTube app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:24 pm

Google has reportedly signed a deal with the free-to-air UK satellite service Freesat that will bring a dedicated YouTube app to the service. It is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV that offers users more than 60 channels at no cost to its users.




Freesat has said that the app will be built using HTML5 and will "optimize" the videos for TV viewing, offering a "visually stunning" experience. This is a good thing because anyone who has ever watched YouTube videos on their large HDTV will be able to relate to the poor quality on larger screens.


Freesat has a reported three million+ in sales of its set top boxes, and gains a great deal of free content through this deal. Google will be the major benefactor here, as the addition to the service will most certainly see an increase in UK based viewers, giving it more people to display targeted ads to.

New world record for energy efficiency set by NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:20 pm

Eurora, Italy's supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new world record in energy efficiency. The new Eurotech manufactured supercomputer went online last Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.




Eurora is Italy's newest and most powerful supercomputer to date and achieved the world record by sustaining an astonishing 3,150 megaflops per watt of energy consumed. Aiding in the record breaking performance is 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators.


Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said:


"Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check."

Home Depot ditches BlackBerry and switches to iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:24 pm

It seems to be a constant roller coaster for the company formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM). One day we see amazing sales reports on its just launched BlackBerry 10 platform, then the next we hear of yet another corporate partner leaving the relationship.




Home Depot has reportedly decided to drop BlackBerry as its internal phone, and will equip its employees with nearly 10,000 Apple iPhone's. This is yet another corporate partner that is jumping ship and ending long standing relationships with the mobile handset manufacturer.


Other defectors include the NOAA, NTSB, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Don't expect BlackBerry to close up shop just yet though as the company has said that it has roughly 1,600 companies in North America alone who are conducting trial runs with the new BlackBerry 10 devices.

Facebook experiencing more outages, seems to be a trend recently

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:31 pm

In what seems to be a trend as of late, some Facebook users across the web are having issues reaching the site this morning. Venture Beat is reporting that a large number of users are unable to reach the social network this morning.




The website "Down for Everyone or Just Me" is confirming that Facebook is not behaving nicely this morning and that some users are experiencing total outages to the service.


Most of the morning TweakTown staff were able to login and use Facebook normally, so we are betting that this is further networking issues like we saw last week.

Mega sees more invalid DMCA take-down notices, this time Warner Bros. is the culprit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 1:55 pm

The hits keep coming for Kim Dotcom's brain child, Mega. Fortunately most of them never make contact with the file locker giant. Warner Bros. was caught red-handed sending phony DMCA take-down request to Google over files said to be hosted on Mega.




There are two problems with the notices, though. First, Google does not index links to files hosted on Mega, and second, the URL's that were listed, were invalid in the first place. The request listed over 900 links to illegal digital copies of its movie Gangster, Squad, with 16 of them pointing to Mega.


Warner Bros. uses an automated tool that searches indexes looking for pirated titles; the problem is that the software has switched around some of the URL information. Since its launch, Mega has seen more than its fair share of false DMCA claims, which it has for the most part dodged without consequence.

BMW to soon have an Apple-like Genius program, rolls out in the US next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 12:34 pm

Apple's Genius Bar's are a staple of Apple's retail dominance, and now German car-maker BMW is stepping up to the plate with a new "BMW Genius Everywhere" program.




BMW have been training their employees to assist customers with questions about their cars and features, even getting iPad's into employees' hands to help them. The German car-maker hope to have these BMW Genius Everywhere setups in the US by "early 2014".


BMW will first launch the program across Europe, where it will jump across the pond to the United States just before their new i3 electric car drives into dealerships in early 2014. BMW will hire associates based on their knowledge versus offering them commission on sales. BMW's Geniuses will be there to help customers, instead of pushing them into new sales.

NASA's Curiosity rover drills into Mars' surface, is feeling a bit thirsty

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 11:32 am

NASA's Curiosity rover, when not checking in on Foursquare, is discovering new things all the time - this time, it is digging into Mars' surface looking for water.




Curiosity whipped its drill out and started chewing into the bedrock of Mars, digging a 0.63- by 2.5-inch hole. We won't find out the results to its discovery for a few days yet as the rover will analyze its findings, hoping to find water. The picture above shows the first ever hole drilled into the red planet, and while it may seem like it was easy, it really wasn't. Louise Jandura, Chief Engineer of the rover's sample system says:


Building a tool to interact forcefully with unpredictable rocks on Mars required an ambitious development and testing program. To get to the point of making this hole in a rock on Mars we made eight drills and bored more than 1,200 holes in 20 types of rock on Earth.

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