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Skype 5.6 for Mac is here, includes improved UI and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:32 am

Skype have just released Skype 5.6 for Mac, and includes a few new features and improvements, such as:

 

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Automatic Updates

Improved UI for group video calling

New full screen mode in OS X Lion

Ability to delete conversations

Ability to disable Audio Gain Control

 

Skype now pushes through automatic updates, so when new versions or minor (and critical) updates are released, Skype will continue to keep you up-to-date. Group video calling gets its user interface lifted, where there's now dynamic and non-dynamic mode in group video calls with 5 or more users. With dynamic mode on, the person who is speaking is automatically moved to the top of the screen.

 

Full-screen mode is now supported by Skype for Mac in OS X Lion, where it eliminates the Dock and Menu bars totally. Included is also the ability to delete messages within a conversation, as well as remove conversations from the sidebar, and history.

 

You can download Skype 5.6 for Mac, here.

GIGABYTE claims the world No. 1 spot for motherboard durability, should pat themselves on the back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:07 am

GIGABYTE motherboards kick ass, we all know this, but just how much? Well, enough for them to claim the No. 1 spot in the world for motherboard durability. A lot of this comes from GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable technology, which has now spread its tentacles into Ultra Durable 4 on their upcoming 7-series motherboards.

 

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GIGABYTE's industry-leading Ultra Durable 4 technology, is coming on their 7-series motherboards, and helps safe-guard GIGABYTE motherboards from common everyday threats such as humidity and moisture, electro-static discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.

 

Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit says:

 

With the launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006, GIGABYTE revolutionized the motherboard industry by making quality the number one focus in our motherboard design. Five and a half years later, GIGABYTE maintains our leadership in quality design by equipping our upcoming 7 series motherboards with even more lifespan enhancing technologies in the form of Ultra Durable™ 4.

 

GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 4 is some seriously slick stuff, read up more on it here.

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Roccat app lets you use your smartphone to monitor and control your PC while gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:36 am

Roccat have just released a new piece of software, "Power-Grid", which seems pretty damn cool, if you ask me. The app is also free, with Roccat accepting beta testers at the moment. The app is split into two, one for smartphones, one for the PC.

 

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They communicate to each other through Wi-Fi, with the PC application allowing users to customize the controls that are available on the smartphone. Users should be able to do all sorts of things, like adjusting volume levels, monitor system variables, track incoming messages, and execute game-specific functions.

 

The beta is currently only available for iPhone and iPod touch users, but Android and touch-specific versions are said to be coming soon. Roccat are also developing "complementary" hardware, with the below-pictured "Phobo" keyboard replacing the traditional numpad with a smartphone dock! Yes! The Apuri 2.0 appears to be little more than a bare docking station, we should expect both of these devices "early next year", unfortunately.

 

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New iPad roundup, what you need to know

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:30 am

Today marked the day of the announcement of Apple's next-generation iPad, not named iPad 3, or iPad 2S, but just iPad. Cameron covered it perfectly, with multiple posts covering things such as the name of the new iPad, 4G LTE support, the 2048x1536-pixel Retina Display, and finally, 1080p for Apple TV.

 

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Now, let's compare the new iPad to other tablets, as well as the iPad 2, shall we? The new iPad is the third-generation iPad from Apple, which keeps its usual 9.7-inch display, but ramps up the resolution from the older, crappier 1024x768 to 2048x1536. This is an Anthony-approved resolution, I love high-res stuff.

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DriverTT: AMD Catalyst 12.2 WHQL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 4:45 am

AMD released their pre-release drivers last month, but have now jumped up to Catalyst 12.2 WHQL drivers, approved by Microsoft. You can download them right here, if you want to dive into it now. For those who want to read a little before they get into the middle of it, then read on.

 

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These drivers include support for the Radeon HD 7900- and HD 7700-series of GPUs in both Windows 7, and Vista. On top of this, is support for super-sampling anti-aliasing on those same cards, as well as Eyefinity 2.1 enhancements, which include the option to set custom resolutions, resize and move the taskbar, and dynamically switch between different profiles.

 

These drivers don't support the just-announced, and soon-to-be-released Radeon HD 7800-series, with the HD 7850 and HD 7870 due to drop on the 19th of this month, we should expect some fresh pre-release drivers around that time, and a couple of weeks after, some new WHQL-certified drivers.

Sapphire want to bring their famous Vapor-X cooler to the CPU cooling market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 3:36 am

Sapphire's Vapor-X coolers are somewhat of a huge deal in the GPU community, reviewers and users love them, because of their great performance, and noise levels. It seems Sapphire want to see CPU coolers sporting the Vapor-X technology, and have now shown off a new cooler at CeBIT, which should hit mass production in the near future.

 

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The Vapor-X cooler, at first glance, does not look different from many other big CPU coolers we see from Cooler Master or Thermaltake. It features four heatpipes running from the base of the cooler to the fins on the heatsinks, as well as sporting two 120mm fans and various bits of plastic shrouding to make the cooler look, well, cool.

 

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So far, this is no different to most other coolers, except the vapor chamber. Rather than use a standard metal plat for the base of the cooler itself, Sapphire have chosen to use a vapor chamber, to which the heatpipes are attached. Again, this itself isn't unique, as Asetek have been here before a few years ago, but in their case, the vapor chamber was directly connected to the heatpipes, and thus, too sensitive to how to the cooler was installed.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 can overclock... itself!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 2:22 am

I bet you read that title, and thought "haha, yeah right", well, strap yourself in ladies and gentlemen. NVIDIA's 28nm-based Kepler GK104 GPU is being shown around the Game Developers Conference, as we speak, with Heise.de citing people it spoke to at CeBIT.

 

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Let's do this: some models of the GeForce 600-series from NVIDIA will introduce a load-based clock speed-boost feature, similar to Intel's Turbo Boost, where the GPU will ramp up clock speeds to the GPU when it senses heavy loads. If there's a stressful scene to render, the GPU overclocks itself, gets through the scene, and goes back down to stock speeds. Wow.

 

This ensures that the GPU has higher minimum and average frame rates, which is a great thing to see. Another thing to point out, is the GK104 does actually sport 1,536 CUDA cores, which should give it a definite kick up the bum for number-crunching scenarios, such as shading, post-processing, and GPGPU-based work. But, the CUDA cores don't automatically give you super amounts of performance, unfortunately.

 

It's said to give the GTX 680 a 10-percent (or so) advantage of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 in Battlefield 3 for example, but be roughly 10-percent slower than the HD 7970 in 3DMark 11. Something else worth pointing out is that the GeForce GTX 680 will launch this month, and not be a paper-launch. Small quantities will be made available, and through just select AIC partners. Quantities should start building up over the later months.

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iOS 5.1 brings 4G support to the iPhone 4S, in a trolltastic kinda way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:34 am

iPhone 4S owner longing for some super-speedy 4G LTE action? Well, you're in luck, in a way! With the "new iPad" announcement, came the iOS 5.1 software update, with some people already installing it and finding some nuggets of info within the update.

 

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For those with the iPhone 4S, you can download iOS 5.1 which gives you 4G LTE, kinda. The iOS 5.1 software update adds the capability to display a 4G logo, where the 3G logo usually sits. But, it doesn't do anything other than look pretty.

 

It simply branding the current technology as 4G, even though it was 3G yesterday. Are Apple trolling their customers, making them think updating to iOS 5.1 automagically transforms their just-yesterday-this-was-3G to omfg-I-have-4G! No, no it doesn't. You still have 3G, and I have no idea why this is showing up. At the moment, its only AT&T that shows this, it doesn't show up in other firmwares, according to Jailbreak Nation.

 

Thanks to my mate Daniel for pointing this news out to me!

Corsair puts their foot on the Accelerator, releases new Accelerator Series SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 1:03 am

Corsair have just released a new range of SSD series today, the Accelerator. The drive is aimed for caching purposes, and even comes bundled with NVELO's DataPlex caching software. Corsair had shown off the Accelerator series at CES 2012, but the drive has not been made available until today.

 

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The Corsair Accelerator series is available in three sizes: 30, 45 and 60GB. The drive doesn't need to be super-large, as its only used as a cache drive, so it only stores the most frequently accessed data. Caching is aimed toward average users as utilizing two separate drives can be a bit hard for the novice user, whereas advanced users want total control over their data.

 

Keeping the price of the drive down is important, as it will attract more buyers, especially those who don't yet own an SSD drive. The new drive sports a SATA 3Gbps interface, which Corsair chose to keep the price down. The drives come in two different specs, with two different controllers between the 30GB (SandForce SF-2141 controller) and the 45/60GB drives with the SandForce SF-2181 controllers.

 

The only difference between these two controllers is the SF-2181 supports up to 8 channels, where the SF-2141 is limited to jut 4 channels.

Everyone wrong - not iPad 3 or iPad HD, "The new iPad" called just that

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:29 pm

So, the Apple just got done with its iPad press event and we were all wrong on the naming.

 

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It's not going to be called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD as many thought it would be named. Instead Apple is just going with "The new iPad".

 

This is a bit of a surprise and it's sure to confuse customers, but Apple must know better than us. It's probably not a massive surprise as the iPod never had version numbers and neither did Macs or MacBooks for that matter.

 

The new iPad will start at $499 for the Wi-Fi 16GB version and go all the way up to $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G version. The old iPad will just be available in 16GB Wi-Fi and 16GB Wi-FI + 3G for $399 and $529 respectively, quite a drop over the old prices.

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