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Chrome 14 includes Mac OS X Lion changes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:00 am

Google have today shipped the latest release of Chrome to the Stable channel, after last month's Beta channel release. The new release contains two significant technologies which allow developers to create even more powerful web apps and games. These include the Web Audio API which enables developers to add fancy audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization. Native Client is second tech included, which is an open-source technology that allows C and C++ code to be seamlessly and securely executed inside the browser. Current, Native Client only supports applications listed in the Chrome Web Store, but Google are working on removing this limitation as soon as possible.

 

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Chrome 14 also includes some Mac OS X Lion changes. For all web pages, Chrome uses Lion's overlay scrollbars, which only appear when scrolling. They've also added initial support for Lion's full screen move, triggered by a full-screen button or Ctrl+Shift+F. Google have also fixed many crash bugs and added some all-around visual polish.

 

Grab the new version here.

iiNet's NBN prices to be as low as $50 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 2:12 am

National Broadband Network access is said to be as low as $50 a month, according to iiNet, who have just revealed their NBN packages. iiNet have announced premium packages including speeds of 100Mbps with 1TB of data, costing just $100 a month. This is $90 less than Internode's premium service that was revealed earlier in the year. iiNet also announced a $49.95 plan that will include 40GB of data with speeds at 12Mbps.

 

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The 200GB plans will cost $59.95 and sport the same 12Mbps speed, with customers having the option of paying $5 extra a month to increase speeds to 25Mbps. 50Mbps will cost an additional $15 per month with 100Mbps costing an extra $20.

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Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video eyewear, 3D, head-tracking and only $600, available now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 2:00 am

Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video eyewear is now out, sporting a simulated 75-inch 3D display at ten feet away in up to 720P HD via its dual monitor setup. The VR bit comes from the included Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, which enables head-tracking with three degrees of freedom. It also includes drift control which should maintain smooth visuals when you're tilting your head to look at the on-screen action.

 

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The unit is said to work with most Windows-based graphics cards and VGA connections, but if you want to get your VR on the Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll require some adapters. The unit is just $600, which shows that pricing is not actually too bad on these puppies.

Intel's Ivy Bridge to support 4K resolutions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:57 am

Well, well, Ivy Bridge. Not only are you going to be a shrunken master of silicon joy when compared to your predecessor, but you'll support resolutions in excess of 4K (maxing out at 4096 x 4096). This is a giant leap from the current limitation of Sandy Bridge's GPU which is 2560 x 1600. This would mean discrete GPUs would no longer be needed if you had a super-size-me display capable of 4K resolutions.

 

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That or you're just a graphics junkie like me. Bring on the 4K screens at 120Hz thank you ma'am.

Monday Afternoon Roundup for September 19, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 5:16 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 19th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review (with battery slice 39+) @ Kitguru

- Asus Eee Pad Transformer @ Techspot

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 @ Ocaholic

- MSI Z68A-GD65(G3) Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 @ Pureoverclock

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 1280MB SOC @ Aphnetworks

- Samsung T27950 LED Monitor @ tbreak

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LG's Tegra 2 powered Optimus Q2 launches this week

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 3:58 pm

LG has released its new Optimus Q2 smartphone into its home market in South Korea yesterday running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

 

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The phone packs a 1.2GHz dual core processor which is believed to be a Tegra 2 chip, 5MP rear-facing camera, front VGA cam for video calls, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiDi Direct capability and Bluetooth. It measures in at 12.3mm thick, weighing 147 grams and uses a 4-inch (800 x 480) IPS touchscreen.

 

It is expected that the phone will get its European launch sometime this week.

Thermaltake expands eSports chassis lineup with Overseer RX-I full tower

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 2:44 pm

A bold new full tower chassis has entered Thermaltake's eSports line-up today dubbed the Overseer RX-I. It boasts quite the head turning design and will no doubt gather much of a love or hate relationship straight off the bat. Features wise, it is decked out to quite the extent and should attract a lot of buyers at its €102 ($140 odd U.S.) price point.

 

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Running dimensions of 535 (H) x 220 (W) x 580 (D) mm, the steel case weighs in at 10.3Kg and features an all-black paint job, inside and out. Its top mounted I/O panel gives a couple USB 3.0 ports as well as 2 x USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and headphones + mic ports. There are four exposed 5.25" bays up front as well as five tool-free 2.5/3.5-inch bays internally and a couple pre-drilled holes at the rear for water cooling setups.

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Intel planning to release Core i7-2700K

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 1:36 pm

A leaked document from Intel lets us know there is a new top-end unlocked LGA1155 processor coming soon. It is the Core i7-2700K, of which the leaked document indicated its box part product code to be BX80623I72700K and carrying a spec code of SR0DG.

 

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Official details on the chip in terms of clock rate etc. were not disclosed, but it can be easily assumed that given the i5-2000 and i7-2000 series are spaced in steps of 100MHz, the i7-2700K will likely come in at 3.5GHz with 3.9GHz Turbo Boost.

 

We still await a definitive release date for it, but it's quite possible Intel is planning to hit the market with it when AMD lets loose its first batch of FX processors, displacing the existing COre i7-2600K's price point and making it more competitive with the FX 8150 in particular.

ECS Black Series X79 Motherboard sighted

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 12:20 pm

As we nudge closer to the highly anticipated X79 / Sandy Bridge-E launch, we're seeing more and more sightings of X79 boards in pretty much complete form. The X79R-AX Black Series from ECS is the latest X79 board to hit the lime light with pictures showing up on the web just recently.

 

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This LGA2011 motherboard gives the full array of features you'd come to expect from this platform, including a strong looking 14-phase VRM setup and kaboodles of connectivity. There are four x16 slots on the board, providing the ability to run 4-way SLI or CrossfireX. Electrically, those slots work in a x16/NC/x16/NC configuration when using just a single card or in 2-way, x16/NC/x8/x8 for 3-way and x8/x8/x8/x8 for 4-way action.

 

There are a total of 12 internal SATA ports on the board, and two eSATA. Four DDR3 DIMM slots are split with two on either side of the LOTES socket. The board uses some cost-effective TI-made USB 3.0 controllers, with four USB 3.0 ports on the rear and two more available via an internal header.

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Download of the Day: FrostWire 5.1.5

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 19, 2011 8:30 am

Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 5.1.5.

 

FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.

 

Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.

 

Frostwire's features include:

 

• Completely Free & Open Source!

• Faster Download Speeds

• No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.

• iTunes™ Compatible!

• Faster Torrent Speeds

• Friendly Online Chat Rooms

• Bittorrent Support!

• Even More Connections

• New & Improved Skins

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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