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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 6:54 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 24th, 2010

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Sandy Bridge Motherboards Preview @ eTeknix

- ASUS P8P67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ Vortez UK

- ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 AMD Socket AM3 DDR3 Motherboard @ OCInside.de

- ASRock X58 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

 

Video/Monitor

 

- 24p: What You Should Know @ Missing Remote

- Sparkle Calibre X480 GeForce GTX 480 Video Card @ ThinkComputers

- Gainward GeForce GTX 460 SE 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- Intel Windows vs. Linux GPU Performance Q4'2010 @ Phoronix

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Mirasol e-reader to debut at CES according to leaked press release

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 6:32 am

Looks like someone at PocketBook USA clicked "Send" instead of "Save" when drafting up a press release. The Digital Reader got a hold of a press release for the new Mirasol e-reader that PocketBook in set to debut at CES 2011, only to find out later that it was an "accidental release."

 

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This new model is looking to sport a transflective color screen from Qualcomm and a 12FPS refresh rate that won't be good enough for video, but plenty for e-books. No word on pricing in the release, but we'll definitely hear more as CES creeps closer. The Mirasol is looking to hit store shelves sometime in Q3 2011.

Duke Nukem Forever took so long in development because "Sh*t Happens"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 6:20 am

George Broussard - the designer and financier behind Duke Nukem, has said that Duke Nukem Forevers delays were due to a series of unlucky situations and his unwillingness to kill it off.

 

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Now that the game has been handed to Gearbox, we will actually have a chance to play it - despite the years of delays for DNF from 3D Realms, it was continuing to be a black hole for funds, with George spending tens of millions out of his own pocket. He has also given a short explanation of what that money was spent on.

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Colorware offers MacBook Air in any color you desire

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 5:37 am

Just because you want to own a Macbook Air, doesn't mean it has to look like everyone else's. Colorware is now offering the 11 and 13.1 inch 2010 Macbook Air in any color scheme your heart desires.

 

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That's right, whether you like red and black, blue and green, or chartreuse and maroon, Colorware has your perfect MacBook. Pricing is expectedly steep, starting at $1,850. You cannot send your own MacBook Air in for repainting; you have to order directly from the company.

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RumorTT: Is iOS 4.3 close to release?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 5:11 am

With Apple's iOS 4.2 only coming out yesterday, the iOS 4.3 rumors have surfaced. Apple is reportedly looking at a mid-December release, with will include an iPad magazine subscriptions.

 

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The exact date for release was meant to be December 13th which is four days after the December 9th announcement of the News Corp subscription-based iPad newspaper "The Daily", but might be delayed because iOS 4.2 itself was delayed.

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iiNet announce the opening of an R&D facility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 4:53 am

This is not something I thought an ISP in Australia would open, an R&D facility, but iiNet seem to be on a roll here, with acquisitions, customer satisfaction, products on offer and competitive pricing/allowance, they're really smashing down the walls of broadband hell that have kept this country in the dark ages of broadband for years.

 

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Speaking at iiNet's annual general meeting today, iiNet chief executive Michael Malone said that iiNet Labs had already commenced with new products to be available in the coming months.

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FCC hoping to give 911 service ability to accept texts and SMS

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 4:49 am

Say you're cowering in fear behind the potato chips while a gunman is robbing your local convenience store. Calling 911 and talking to the dispatcher wouldn't be very prudent, would it? According to Wired, the FCC is looking to make reporting emergencies a lot safer and quicker by expanding 911 services to accept text messages, MMS, and possibly even streaming video to catch the bad guy in the act.

 

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This is not a new concept; some call centers such as the one in Black Hawk County, Iowa have been experimenting with the concept since August of last year. One of the walls has been getting locations since this information is not transmitted via text as it is when 911 is called regularly. Considering that around 70% of 911 calls are now coming from cell phones, expanding your cell phone's capability in helping catch criminals and getting Fire and EMS on scene faster can't have too many drawbacks.

iOS 4.2 bug hides music libraries

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 4:34 am

As excited as everyone was to get their hands on iOS 4.2 yesterday, it didn't come without a pretty ugly flaw. Several users were very unhappy to find that their music library had disappeared after installing iOS 4.2.

 

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Fear not! There is a pretty easy fix that has been found by a crafty user on AppleForums by name of AppleZilla. Just connect your device to your computer via USB, pick a song from your library, play it via iTunes, click the Sync button, and then open the iPod application on your device. Your library will recover itself, and your tunes are now accessible again. Kind of a pain to have to deal with, but at least your library is not gone forever.

Corsair's new line of DDR3 appears with a Vengeance

By: Don Lynn | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 3:59 am

Corsair is unleashing a new line of DDR3 RAM on the tech world just in time for the holiday season. Their new Vengeance series comes in a runs at 1600mhz at 1.5V in 2GB and 4GB modules.

 

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The Vengeance kits will come in dual and triple-channel sets from 4GB to 16GB. Their "Light" heatsinks look to consist of thick metal plates with elongated heatsink fins. CL8 and CL9 timings will be available.

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Angry Birds new levels, content, and birthday!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2010 2:54 am

A few of the guys here love Angry Birds, they post news about it when they can. Oh wait, it's me who does it (in my defense, it's an amazingly addictive game!!) Well, I just got an email from the people behind Angry Birds and thought I'd share it for those of you not on their mailing list, as Angry Birds is one of the most popular games on iOS/Android devices, it might appeal to a lot of our readers.

 

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After a long wait, the Mighty Eagle is almost here! This legendary and mysterious bird will be included in the next Angry Birds update, due to be released in the next few days.

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