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HTC and Beats by Dr. Dre

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 6:58 am

HTC have gotten the hook up from Dr Dre along with Beats Electronics LLC have released a superior audio experience, which results in a line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations which will be available this fall. Beats Electronics have redefined the audio market with their iconic Beats by Dr Dre audio experience, HTC being a global designer of mobile devices make it a good mix up.




I think I liked the video more because it features "Boom, Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas.


Download of the Day: Kaspersky Anti-Virus

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 6:38 am

Our Download of the Day today is Kaspersky Anti-Virus


Kaspersky anti-virus protects you from the Phishing and Malware sites that you wouldn't otherwise know were attempting to steal from you.


At the same time, the Kaspersky Security Network allows your computer to report when it discovers a threat that hasn't been seen before. All 250 million Kaspersky users benefit from our combined knowledge!


Kaspersky features include:


• Protects from viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, adware

• Scans files, email, and internet traffic

• Protects Instant Messengers

• Protects From Unknown Threats

• Analyzes and closes Internet Explorer vulnerabilities

• Disables links to malware sites / phishing sites

• Global Threat Monitoring (Kaspersky Security Network)

• Blocks all types of keyloggers

• Automatic Database Updates

• Free Technical Support


Note: This is a 30-day commercial trial.




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Deal of the Day: Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $11.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 5:25 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $11.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.


Offer: The Patriot Xporter 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive is known to be a decent performer. At just $11.99 after rebate with FREE shipping, this is a fantastic bargain!




$5 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 08/15/2011.




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Google's Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive in October?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 3:00 am

Google's next-gen mobile operating system might arrive in just two months time. Ice Cream Sandwich is rumored to be arriving sometime in October with the rumor coming from BGR who have been tipped off by "a source with knowledge of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich plans." Of course, with this just being a rumor there are no solid plans or information. Apple is set to launch their next-generation iPhone 5 in between September and October so this would be a delicious time to release Ice Cream Sandwich.




Ice Cream Sandwich is meant to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, as it will be capable of running on both which will be a nice change. Samsung is rumored to be the first ouf of the game with the first Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone in the form of the Nexus Prime. It is rumored to sport a Super AMOLED HD display running 720p with an OMAD 4460 processor inside. Other specs include a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera "delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance."

USB 3.0 to provide up to 100 watts of power, capable of driving monitors, notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 2:30 am

The next USB 3.0 specification is set to deliver something pretty amazing, 100w of power to devices. What this will allow is much more power to devices that are demanding of power without additional power through USB ports or stand-alone power. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the new standard would allow USB 3.0 ports to power and charge devices such as notebook PCs and would remain backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.




Currently, USB 3.0 can deliver speeds of up to 5Gb/sec to compatible products and also maintain currents and voltages up to 900mA at 5V for a maximum power output of just 4.5W. This was roughly double the maximum power output of USB 3.0 ports. The new USB 3.0 spec is more than twenty times its old power input and output and should set the industry on fire, allowing hungrier, more power-sucking products such as monitors, desk lamps and even notebook PCs to power from a single USB 3.0 port.


This would help in more ways than one, it would create an entire new market of products as well as clean up your desk and the tangle of cables leading to the power sockets on your wall. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group says that the new standard will be ready for industry evaluation at the end of 2011 and is set for release to manufacturers in early 2012.

NVIDIA confirms, no new GPU this year, fans cry green tears

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 1:43 am

AMD beat NVIDIA to the punch with the stellar 5000-series, with the Fermi taking the literal, hot seat in the competition and requiring a refresh to keep up technologically. Rumors have been flying that their 28nm-based Kepler GPU would see a launch this year (even if it were a paper launch) but it seems that is now out of the question. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA has come out and said:




Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn't expect product to be available this year.


Keep in mind that AMD are still hammering away at their Southern Islands, HD 7000-series of GPU and should make a launch before years end. Just in time for Battlefield 3. However, if you want to stay on Team Green, you'll have to wait that little bit longer.

SATA-IO announce SATA Express, capable of 16Gb/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 11, 2011 1:34 am

With SATA 6Gbps not fast enough to keep up with todays SSDs, the Serial ATA International Organization had to come up with something, and quick. SATA-IO have just announced the development of a new standard that combines SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express interface. The new standard will be called "SATA Express," and will allow manufacturers to create devices that can access the bandwidth of the PCIe slots whilst remaining compatible with existing SATA applications.




The combination of the technologies will provide 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s (one lane via PCIe 2.0 or two via PCIe 3.0) - which is a decent increase over SATA 3.0's single-channel throughput of 6Gb/s. SATA-IO is still concerned certain high-end consumer and enterprise configurations could saturate the existing 6Gb/s interface.

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App of the Day: Facebook Messenger (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 5:16 pm

Our App of the Day today is Facebook Messenger for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.


Mark and team launched Facebook Messenger yesterday which promises a faster way to message. It is a dedicated app (sadly only available for download in the US App Store at this stage) which make it easier to contact friends on your phone.


It has already shot to the top of the App Store list for hot new apps and is worth checking out.


Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.


Top Features:


• Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts

• Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go

• Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message

• Include photos so friends can see what you're doing



Low-Profile HD 6850 graphics card from AFOX on shelves in Japan

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 3:48 pm

A particularly interesting looking HD 6850 graphics card has been found in Japanese stores by a company unheard of to most, AFOX. It's not just the brand name and box design that stands out, though. More interestingly, this card is quite a big step away from the reference design in that it is of low-profile stature and without the need for external power.




The low profile heatsink/fan design is also a standout feature with its dual-fan aluminum setup. AFOX appears to have left the stock clock rates on the card alone, however, which are 775MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the GDDR5 memory.

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Could this be the iPhone 5? - Supposed prototype pictures

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2011 2:36 pm

Nudging closer to a still yet to be confirmed date for the release of Apple's fifth generation iPhone, website has obtained a couple of mysterious images that resemble what could well be a prototype of it.




The photos indicate a slimmer body with bigger screen, but this could also potentially be the iPhone 4S. Nothing's confirmed at this stage, so we'll just have to wait and see what comes out in the wash.



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