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Friday Morning Roundup for March 2, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 2:33 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 2nd, 2012.




Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB 6Gbps SSD -


Cases, Cooling and PSUs:


Corsair Carbide 300R Case - Hardware Heaven

NZXT Switch 810 -

Antec VP350 Power Supply - Hardware Secrets

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Cooler - HardwareBistro

Corsair Carbide 300R -

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Deal of the Day: Dell Inspiron 14z Thin Laptop, Core i3, 4GB RAM for $529.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Inspiron 14z Thin Laptop, Core i3, 4GB RAM for $529.99.




Less than an inch thick, you can pick this up this laptop with a 14" LED TrueLife display with webcam for just $529 after a $100 off. You get a 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2330M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB SATA hard drive, Intel Centrino Wireless N1030 + Bluetooth 3.0, 8x dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 6 cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and a 1 year warranty. Set to expire 3/9/12 or while supplies last.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: XBMC Media Center 11.0 RC 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 12:30 pm

Our Download of the Day is XBMC Media Center 11.0 RC 1.




XBMC is an award winning media center application for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and XBox. The ultimate hub for all your media, XBMC is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large helpful community. Try it now!


Media Management

XBMC supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. XBMC has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access.


Fluid Interface

XBMC provides a user friendly interface that's intuitive, very flexible, and easy to use. The interface is completely customizable through user-created or downloadable skins.


Plug-ins and Extensibility

XBMC has a built-in Python interpreter that allows users and developers to write their own scripts and plugins that run inside XBMC using it's own widgets and controls. It also has a built-in web server that allows it to be controlled remotely.



XBMC's audio player supports many visualisations including ProjectM and Goom. In addition, it allows easy development of visualisations using a simple API.


You can download XBMC Media Center 11.0 RC 1, here.

Intel dumps info on Ivy Bridge processors onto the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 11:29 am

Intel have just published publically accessible information all of their upcoming 22nm-built Ivy Bridge processors. This is as official as it gets, before we see the tasty CPUs themselves on the stores of retailers around the world.




Intel has shown something that they call a 'flipbook', which is something that would normally be a printed product guide that would normally be given out to its various partners as a hand-out to let their customers keep track of what all the CPU models are and their specs.




The PDF was posted on one of Intel's partner sites called the Retail Edge Program, and it's not accessible by the general public. But, this is the Internet, and we have tricks and stuff. The specific PDF can be found by simply searching for the various upcoming CPU models. Oh yeah.

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MechWarrior Online - debut trailer stomps onto the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 10:31 am

MechWarrior is one of my fondest gaming memories, the cut scenes for the time were just so amazing and the gameplay itself was great. I remember actually feeling like the scale of the game was right: you felt like a massive, man-crushing MechWarrior.



The time has come for the first MechWarrior Online video, in the form of a trailer. It doesn't show off much, but if what we see is part of the game - you get dropped from a huge drop-ship, and plummet toward the Earth below (or is it even Earth?).


Remember that MechWarrior Online is a PC-exclusive, and you know how much I love the words "PC-exclusive". This game should hopefully refuel the needs for upgrading our rigs, both in the game and outside of the game. You know, the one on your desk, silly! We should expect it to look deliciously bloody awesome, as it's powered by CryENGINE 3.




So, CryENGINE 3, the pre vious founder of FASA Corporation which worked on the original MechWarrior series, a PC-exclusive, and its out this year... /passes out.


I do love one of the YouTube comments from "RedGr3mlinz":



Intel create $100 million fund for Internet-aware car technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:29 am

Ever wanted to buy a car with an 'Intel Inside' sticker on it? Well, soon you'll be able to. Intel is creating a new venture fund to invest in companies that develop technologies used in cars and other powered vehicles.




Intel is planning on putting $100 million into the fund over the next four-to-five years, promising research for automotive hardware, software, and services. The investments could be for a range of things, from navigation to in-car entertainment systems.


Intel is wanting to bust out of the bubble they've created for themselves with a market of processors for laptops and PCs. We can see this as they want to get into the smartphone and tablet market, but now cars? Sales of computing products is expected to decline over time as domestic and global markets become saturated. This should be translated to "because people don't need faster upon faster desktop processors as their dual- or quad-core smartphones and tablets are more than powerful enough'.

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Boxee Box intros another box, now offers Pornhub, the 'YouTube of Porn'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:33 am

Boxee has slowly been making their Boxee Box more awesome, but I think today's change will catapult it into the hearts, souls and pants of many more. Boxee has just teased they're nearly ready to introduce Pornhub.




Yes, Pornhub. Pornhub is considered the YouTube of porn, where it offers user-generated video, as well as professional-grade content. Yes, it's porn, but porn is a multi-billion market, and Boxee are smart for entering that arena. Boxee are also not new to offering adult services, such as Fyre.


Pornhub will make its ad-free debut, free to watch is a great way to get customers interesting. It also claims its the first, official free adult app on Boxee to do so. This marks the first move of Pornhub being made available on TVs. Right now, Pornhub's bread and butter (I was going to use a pun, but I'll keep it clean!) is still the web, where they enjoy an insane 100 million page views per day, with 25 million visitors and 3 billion page views per month.


You can now see this is serious business, which will mark a change in Boxee Box. Hopefully users of Pornhub won't hear about Boxee Box and think it's an up-and-coming porn star.

BioShock Infinite slides onto consoles, PCs on October 16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 7:31 am

Irrational Games has come out and whispered into the ears of gamers everywhere that BioShock Infinite will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in North America on October 16, 2012 with the international release three days later on October 19.




Irrational President and Creative Director, Ken Levine, said that BioShock Infinite has been "our sole focus for the last four years", and will be the culmination of a "vision for a follow up that dwarfed the original in scope and ambition". Boy does he know how to get me excited.


Additionally, Sony is offering a bonus for the PlayStation 3 version: they will include a copy of the original BioShock on the same Blu-ray disc. How's that!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded 1 million times in 24 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 6:34 am

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview came out just a little over 24 hours ago, and has enjoyed an insane 1 million-plus downloads in those 24 hours. This is a runaway success for Microsoft, which is pretty much going all-in with their next-generation OS.




Considering that over 1 million people downloaded the OS, the servers handled it pretty damn well. I personally had no issues with the download, with it maxing out my 8Mbit connection. I also didn't notice a single person on my Facebook news feed whinging, so that's a good sign, isn't it? Or maybe I don't have enough friends?


Microsoft broke the news on their BuildingWindows8 Twitter feed, saying "One day later... one million downloads of the consumer preview.


Have you downloaded it yet? Your thoughts on Windows 8 thus far?

Windows Phone 8 being tested with dual-core Snapdragon S4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 5:27 am

Thanks to a leak from The Verge, Microsoft staff are said to be testing early versions of Windows Phone 8 running on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, or the MSM8960. "At least one" phone would have the combination sometime later in the year.




Sprint was also said to be interested enough in Windows Phone 8 that it was courting Nokia about the prospects of an LTE-based Windows Phone 8-powered device. Sprint has skipped most newer Windows Phones since the HTC Arrive last year, and might not want to go back without there being an LTE-powered device to keep them competitive.


Microsoft's jumped into a minimum of a dual-core processor should help them along, but Microsoft have always used Snapdragon-based processors in their Windows Phone chassis spec, so this shouldn't change.

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