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Transcend let loose two new 85MB/sec-capable SDHC memory cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 3:29 am

Transcend Information Inc. have just expanded their memory card lineup with the introduction of two new products which are said to 'unleash the full potential of today's high-end digital cameras and camcorders.'

 

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The two products are 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards, which comply with the SD version 3.01 specification, have an Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) rating, and are capable of delivering speeds of up to 85MB/sec.

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Dell rollout LGA 2011-based Alienware Aurora desktops, plan to take over the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 2:29 am

Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.

 

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It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.

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Friday Morning Roundup for December 15, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:33 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 16th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 @ Hardcoreware

- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 @ Ocaholic

 

CPU & APU

 

- ASUS F1A75-M Pro @ Planet3DNow

- Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E Processor @ PC Perspective

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 graphics card @ Tech Report

- NVIDIA 2011 Driver Year In Review @ Phoronix

- AFOX GeForce GT 430 1GB LP, AFOX GeForce GT 440 D5 1GB, AFOX GeForce GTS 450 1GB, AFOX GeForce GTX 560 2GB and AFOX Radeon HD 6850 1GB LP Graphics Cards @ ixbtlabs

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Chrome 16 is now available, includes multiple profile support, more fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:27 am

Google have pushed through a new 'stable' build of their awesome Chrome browser, which offers a stand-out feature; multiple profiles.

 

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This new feature baked into Chrome allows a single instance of Chrome to handle multiple user profiles and allows easy switching between them. For those of you who use a shared PC, it enables all people on the system to use the single web browser, with multiple accounts you're able to access your personal bookmarks, apps, extensions, history and more settings.

 

Other than the multiple sign-in support, Chrome v16.0.912.63 includes Sync enhancements and the usual bug fixes. It's available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

AMD's Tahiti Pro, HD 7950 cards, don't need to be reference design from day one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:12 am

AMD have changed gears when it comes to their GCN launch on January 9, as most launches have the GPU manufacturer forcing AIBs to make cards based on the reference designs for at least the first 3 months after release.

 

This is good for AMD or NVIDIA, but for manufacturers, its hard to make your reference card stand out from the crowd. At launch, the cards are all pretty much the same thing and its only months later do we see some DirectCU models from ASUS, and TwinFrozr cards from MSI, etc.

 

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But, AMD are unleashing their Tahiti Pro cards from the shackles of reference city... and SemiAccurate have heard from multiple sources that the HD 7970 will be able to sport non-reference designs from day one.

 

This will be a great thing for the launch of the HD 7000-series AMD cards, and their multiple AIB partners.

Download of the Day: Firefox 9.0 Beta 6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:25 am

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 9.0 Beta 6.

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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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