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Steve Jobs aims to turn old HP site into giant, ring-shaped office

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 9, 2011 2:30 am

Steve Jobs has proposed a giant, ring-shaped office at the old HP location. I'm guessing he'll get it as I see Steve as the kinda guy who when he wants something, he gets it. Jobs approached the Cupertino City Council to sell Apple's plans to transform the old HP site. The new ring-shaped design is built to hold 12,000 employees and actually looks quite amazing.




During his presentation to the Cupertino City Council, Jobs said that Apple had pulled together "some great architects, some of the best in the world" to come up with the design that encompassed Apple. He added "there's not a single straight piece of glass in this building". Apple was able to achieve this design based on its knowledge of building Apple stores throughout the world and its particular experience in employing large pieces of glass in them.

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Google Maps now has live transit updates, tells you if your bus is late

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 9, 2011 2:00 am

Ever been waiting for a bus that seems to take forever to arrive? Wished your fancy smartphone with all of its super powers could tell you when that bus is coming? Well, now you can with Google Maps for mobile and desktop. Google Maps now have live transit updates since they've joined forces with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four US cities and two European cities.



The four US cities are: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego and San Fransisco with the European cities being Madrid and Turin. When you click on a transit station or plan a route with Google Maps and there are current delays or alerts related on your journey, you'll now see "live departure times" which are indicated by a special icon as well as service alerts.

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Samsung's Google Chromebook gets the iFixit teardown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2011 1:30 am

Samsung's Google Chromebook gets an interesting teardown from the usual suspects at iFixit. iFixit have some quite good things to say about Samsung's first outing into the Chromebook world saying it fixes a lot of the mistakes Google's own Cr-48 made.




Highlights of the teardown are surprising; the Series 5 features an improved Atom N570 processor which sports 512K more L2 cache than Google's Cr-48's Atom N455. Samsung uses a large integrated lithium-polymer battery which is good for 8.1 Amp-hours at 7.4 V. The Atom processor and NM10 graphics chip produce so little heat that no cooling fins are used at the fan's exhaust (!).

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Microsoft-branded tablet in 2012?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2011 1:02 am

The popularity of Windows 8 is growing and Microsoft knows this, their new tablet-orientated OS will power a bunch of tablets in 2012 and it seems as though Microsoft might have their own branded tablet that competes with tablet makers who are using Windows 8.




Apple and Google are the current juggernauts of the mobile industry with some damn good OSs on the market, Microsoft are obviously envious of this and are looking to copy their branding strategy from product lines such as the Xbox 360, Zune, Kin smartphone and TV in order to compete in the tablet PC segment. Microsoft have to be careful though, out of those product lines the only one that is truly successful is the Xbox 360, the other products all had unsatisfactory performance.


After it's all said and done, Microsoft are still looking to launch their own-brand tablet PC and will proceed with a low profile.

Poll Results - What will be hot at Computex Taipei 2011?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 2:20 pm

Our latest poll wasn't running long, but we had over 500 people who answered, What will be hot at Computex Taipei 2011?




Without too much surprise and in somewhat of a repeat of Computex 2010, the show was dominated mostly by tablets as the big ticket news items. 25% of you predicted correctly.


Next up CPUs got second place followed up very closely with SSDs with 16% of the votes. Not far behind also was motherboards with 15% of the votes.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, which is the best mobile OS? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

AMD Bulldoze some web space to make room for Bulldozer

By: Shawn Baker | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 12:18 pm

AMD were a little quiet last week at Computex when it came to replacing their Phenom II line of CPUs, but it seems they've made a bit of noise at E3. AMD have actually now setup a page for the new FX series CPUs that we've known are a part of the Bulldozer platform for some months now.




Unfortunately the closest thing to an actual release date is "Coming Soon." Well, hopefully that's sooner rather than later.


Before the new FX series CPU hit our labs we'll see Llano first, the latest APU from AMD which is a step above the E series Brazos platform. AMD is doing a great job at that low to mid-range segment, but the question of how they will do at the upper echelon still hasn't been answered. It's "Coming Soon", though.


Make sure you head on over to the new AMD FX Processor page to see what's going on.

Download of the Day: Speccy 1.11.256

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 9:16 am

Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.11.256.


Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!


• Processor brand and model

• Hard drive size and speed

• Amount of memory (RAM)

• Graphics card

• Operating system


At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.


If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.



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Deal of the Day: Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550 (Refurbished) - $23.99 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 7:04 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550 (Refurbished) - $23.99 Shipped Free!.


Offer: Great price on this refurbed Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550. It's a padded laptop base with built-in speakers. It is designed for laptops 14" and smaller.




Use coupon code: logi_n550_6611 for $36 off. Expires 06/09/2011.





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Battlefield 3, videos, details, multiplayer, classes, graphics, it's all here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 4:05 am

E3 2011 - Last week was surely Call of Duty week with the announcement of the paid service of Call of Duty Elite, but this week is a different week and E3 is the current flavor and Battlefield 3 is the beautiful, amazing topping. There's so much Battlefield 3 news I thought I'd dedicate an entire write up on it - sit back, relax and enjoy the mountain of information I'm about to expel. Battlefield 3 has been shown off at E3 to much applause, it is powered by a next-gen engine dubbed Frostbite 2, is centered and created on PC first and scaled down to consoles - a first for games of the last 5 - 6 years where we've seen development on consoles and a simple port with bells and whistles on for the PC.




All BF3 videos thus far have been gameplay videos on PC, not consoles - no console videos have been shown yet. Battlefield 3 will feature a change in classes, nothing huge but it's definitely a change from Bad Company 2. Remember, Battlefield 3 is a sequel to the PC-only Battlefield 2, it is not a sequel to the multi-platform Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

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Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel from Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 8, 2011 3:30 am

E3 2011 - Microsoft are calling all racing enthusiasts by releasing a new wireless gaming peripheral in the form of the Wireless Speed Wheel for the Xbox 360. The Wireless Speed Wheel launches in October and is a completely wireless controller, controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers and haptic feedback with rumble. The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box (with some limited functionality in games).




It will have a pricing of AUD$59.95 RRP and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. It includes trigger buttons for gas and break, with the rumble function providing immersion beyond current controllers. The new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel balances the realism of a real wheel with the feel and ease-of-use of a controller for great user edge in game play.

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