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AMD to release FX-6200, sits at 3.80GHz, with TurboCore speeds at 4.10GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:24 am

AMD launched their AMD FX processor family with just a few units, two eight-core parts (FX-8150, FX-8120), a six-core product (FX-6100), and the quad-core one (FX-4100). But there's now a new processor set to hit the shelves of retailers worldwide, a six-core FX-6200 chip.

 

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The FX-6200 receives quite the speed boost compared to the FX-6100. The FX-6100 has a stock clock speed of 3.3GHz and 3.90GHz under TurboCore, but the FX-6200 puts its hard hat on and gets onto its Bulldozer with stock clocks at 3.8GHz and a TurboCore speed of 4.10GHz. AMD have a chart which shows that we should expect a 10-percent increase in performance when using MainConcept Convert HD to Flash. I look forward to seeing some real-world, gaming results.

 

Now, if AMD could just find those 800 million transistors that have gone missing...

Duke Nukem Forever gets some fresh DLC, The Doctor Who Cloned Me

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 10:33 am

Duke Nukem Forever is still cranking along, and a second DLC pack is now out called "The Doctor Who Cloned Me". It's available through Steam for $9.99 US and includes a bunch of new material including four new multiplayer maps, a full new single player campaign which includes brand new weapons, all-new enemy types and bosses, more Achievements, and brand new interactive items within the DNF world.

 

 

A detailed run down of what is included is below (or in the full story):

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American Airlines Pilots can now use iPads in cockpits, will play Flight Control like a pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 9:31 am

Usually when in a plane, all electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and the like, are required to be turned off. Including the cockpit and its pilots. Not for American Airlines pilots in the cockpit, who have now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use electronics, and more specifically, iPads in the cockpit.

 

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The FAA announced on Tuesday that American Airlines pilots in the cockpit will no longer require the use of paper-based flight manuals during those times, and could now use Apple iPads instead.The FAA came to this decision after they conducting a test of the use of electronics in the cockpit, in an effort to potentially replace the use of paper manuals and charts.

 

Some are left wondering why the FAA didn't run the same tests for passengers, which would see passengers having the ability to use their electronic devices before and after takeoff, instead of having to wait until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet before the use of electronics is allowed. The New York Times called the rule that passengers needed to wait until the plane reached 10,000 feet "outdated," and even bought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.

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OCZ releases new Petrol SSDs, includes high-octane performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 8:29 am

Why didn't OCZ use the line high-octane in this new SSD... feel free to use that line, OCZ. OCZ have released yet another SSD onto the market, a new range line called "Petrol." Petrol is based on a 6Gbps SATA interface and comes in the usual 2.5-inch form factor. Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology says:

 

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Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications due to the high cost of SSDs in relation to slower rotating discs, and we are proud to once again close the gap in pricing without sacrificing durability. The new Petrol Series showcases the flexibility of the Indilinx Everest platform and NDurance¬ô Technology, allowing OCZ to deliver the benefits of SSDs to a wide new set of applications while retaining the superior real world performance and reduced latency that separate Everest-based SSDs from our competitors.

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Hitachi-LG price fixing update: three executives will face jail time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 7:27 am

Three Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) workers, Young Keun Park, Sang Hun Kim and Sik "Daniel" Hur will face jail time after pleading guilty to fixing optical disk drive prices, according to the US Department of Justice. Throughout 2005 to 2009, the three employees suppressed competition by rigging bids for optical disk drives sold to both Dell and HP, in addition to fixing prices for devices sold to Microsoft.

 

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Under the plea agreement, Park and Kim will serve eight months in prison, while Hur will experience seven months in jail. All there will have to pay a $25,000 fine. The three executives will also be charged with multiple violations of the Sherman Act, which covers antitrust and anticompetitive activities. Each count of the Sherman Act comes with a statutory fine of up to $1 million, (and more if the damages are large enough), and up to 10-years behind bars.

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Google's competition to Siri is codenamed Majel, could make it before the end of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 6:21 am

"Siri, what is your competition?" "Nothing, I'm the best thing out," says Siri. Well, not for long. Google's response to Apple's voice assistant looked to be codenamed Majel, which stems from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who is better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek.

 

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Google already have Voice Actions, and Majel would be an evolution of this with the addition of natural language processing. Voice Actions require voice prompts such as "sent text to..." or "navigate to..." Majel will allow you to perform actions in your natural language, similar to how Siri functions.

 

At the initial launch, Majel will only be able to do Google search enquiries, which could see the light of day in 2011. Google X engineers are reportedly working around the clock on finishing the first release, as the NYTime has reported previously that at least one product would make it out of the Google X labs before the end of the year.

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Nokia employee says young people are "pretty much fed up with iPhones", disses Android, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 5:43 am

Ah, Nokia. Your days of being the king of the mountain are behind you, for now. Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales, Niels Munksgaard, has come out and said in an interview that young people are baffled by Android and are fed-up with iPhone's.

 

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Here's a direct quote:

 

What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone," he said. "Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasing see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows phone platform.

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Alan Wake to be released on PC early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 5:37 am

This is some of the best gaming-related news I could hear. I'm a huge fan of Remedy and remembered Alan Wake as a tech demo for quad-core processors on PCs years and years ago. Microsoft took it as an Xbox 360-exclusive and crushed my dreams.

 

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But, it has now been confirmed that Alan Wake is coming to PC and will include both The Signal and The Writer DLC packs. The game is coming with some high-resolution polish, thankfully. Remedy have given their explanation as to why they changed their mind about a PC version of Alan Wake by saying:

 

We weren't going to release a PC version...then we took an arrow to the knee.

Want a free Windows Phone? Sure, just tell Microsoft you're a Malware victim, oh and an Android owner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 4:29 am

Android owner? Malware victim? Like free stuff? Well, all you'll need to do is tell Microsoft about the problems you've had with malware on your Android-based phone.

 

Microsoft's latest social media marketing intiative, is not to push their own Windows Phone-based products, but to take a stab at Google and their malware woes. Ben Rudolph, Microsoft Windows Phone "evanglist", is behind the scheme, which uses the hashtag "#droidrage" on Twitter.

 

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Linking followers to current news articles about Android malware, Rudolph says he will give an "upgrade" to a Windows Phone to the "5 best" stories of being a victim of Android malware.

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Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.0.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 3:54 am

Futuremark have been busy people lately, with the announcement yesterday of their notebook battery test suite, Powermark and today, an updated version of their ever-so-popular 3DMark 11. It has now been updated to v1.0.3 and includes the following additions from the release notes:

 

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- Bullet physics library updated to version 2.79 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs.

 

- For most systems containing multiple GPUs, for example integrated graphics and an additional discrete graphics card, the user can now select the GPU to be tested using a new option on the Help tab.

 

- Improved error handling and user messages for the most common compatibility issues.

 

- SystemInfo component updated to version 4.5 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware.

 

- New "More" tab with information about other Futuremark products and services.

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