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Monday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 11:40 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 7th, 2011

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II Video Card @ Ocaholic

- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB GDDR5 @ Hardware Mag

- HIS Radeon HD 5770 Video Card @ Ultimate Hardware

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 - 266.58, 263.09, 262.99 Compared @ Tech Reaction

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Edition @ Neoseeker

- Powercolor HD6970 PCS + @ Overclock3D

 

Cooling

 

- Sandy Bridge Heatsinks Roundup @ tbreak

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Gigabyte releases free tool to check your possibly affected Sandy Bridge board

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 9:15 am

Intel's Sandy Bridge chip problem is causing quite the kerfuffle. Working in retail selling these boards everyday is going to be hard for the next few months. What do you tell customers? As a retailer we're having to explain a huge issue which is daunting to a new customer coming in off the street, however most manufacturers are stepping up to the plate with some great service.

 

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Gigabyte now has a free tool to check 6-series motherboards for their SATA problem. It will check if the installed hard drives are connected to the defective SATA ports, whether the board is prone to the said defect. Not all 6-series motherboards have the issue, so having a tool like this is quite helpful. Nice work Gigabyte!

XIM3 adapter goes on sale, includes free panty twist for all console players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 9:09 am

The best bit of this news article is not just the fact that the XIM3 mega-adapter can now be purchased (at quite a steep $149.99 I might add) but the huge uproar in the gaming community it will cause.

 

 

Check out the video and you'll see that a WASD keyboard + mouse setup is just absolute domination over a controller on a console. The guy racks up more kills in those 3 minutes than you'd get playing BLOPS on the 360 for an hour. Makes the consoles more appealing in my opinion!

Superbowl 2011 movie clips! Transformers! Super 8! Captain America! Thor! Movie lovers rejoice!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 8:44 am

Superbowl 2011 is one of the most exciting times of the year for an Australian like me. I don't want the football action, but give me those $3 million, 30 second movie teasers that roll around each year and I'm a happy boy. This year is no different, we have the finale of Michael Bay's Transformers movies, JJ Abrams' Spielberg-ian Super 8 and Chris "Flame-On" Evans as Captain America. Check out the first trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon below:

 

 

Well, that was just off it's dial wasn't it? Looking forward to that a fair bit for turn-your-brain-off special effects pr0n. Next up we have JJ Abrams Super 8. I personally think it gets the 1980's feel just right and feels like Close Encounters mixed with The Goonies, with an entire new angle I'm sure we'll see from Abrams.

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Weekend Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 6, 2011 10:30 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 6th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- Sapphire PURE Black X58 Intel Motherboard @ Modders-Inc.

- ASRock X58 Extreme6 vs. Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Mainboard @ Technic3D

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Sapphire HD6870 FleX Edition CrossfireX Review - Quad screen 7680×1080 testing @ Kitguru

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion

 

Audio/Media

 

- How to Buy the Right Headphones @ Techreviewsource

- MP4Nation Brainwavz M1 In-ears @ Techpowerup

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RumorTT- Is Apple giving us iOS 4.3 for Valentine's Day?

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 5, 2011 2:04 am

The beta version of iOS 4.3 has been out and about for a while now, and most reports have pointed towards mid-February for an official release. The folks at Macstories have a "reliable source" that may have nailed it down even further: February 14th at 10 AM PST.

 

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That's right, Apple's not giving you flowers or chocolates for Valentine's Day; they may be giving you a nice iOS update. While it may not look pretty tied up in a bow, it may have some AirPlay fixes and iTunes app subscriptions among the usual bug fixes. While February 14th does fall on a Monday which is Apple's usual new release day, this is still just rumblings so don't completely count on them for the gift just yet.

Facebook finds a new home

By: Don Lynn | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 5, 2011 1:44 am

The crew of Facebook is celebrating the social networking site's seventh birthday and it looks like they've gotten themselves a major present. It looks like they're moving from their current digs in Palo Alto, CA into the former home of Sun Microsystems in San Mateo, CA.

 

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The current Palo Alto headquarters is nearing 2,000 employees which apparently has the current campus bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. The former Sun Microsystems property fits the bill, since they left the property after being acquired by Oracle. A press conference has been scheduled for February 8th to make the official announcement and give more information about the future of Facebook.

iPhone 4 sets Verizon first day sales record in two hours

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 5, 2011 1:19 am

In an announcement that will shock nearly no one, Verizon has stated that pre-orders for the iPhone has set a new record for first day sales for the wireless company. The impressive part? It only took two hours to break the record.

 

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Apparently a lot of people stayed up late to get their pre-orders in as the record was set from 3am-5am EST. Only current Verizon customers were able to get in on the early preorder opportunity, and they bought enough that Verizon has halted orders for the iPhone 4 until Wednesday. Non-Verizon customers still have to wait until next Thursday to make the switch. Sorry AT&T jumpers, supplies may be really limited by the time you're able to get in on the fun.

Android Market finally hits the web

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 5, 2011 1:11 am

Up until now, the only way to access the Android Market was directly via your mobile device. That has all changed with the official launch of the Android Market on the web.

 

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The new web interface gives you a simple and easy to use way to score new apps for your phone. Search apps, find stuff you like, and after signing into your Google account you can tell the site to download straight to your phone without even having to plug it in. I downloaded an app via the Market on the web and it began downloading on my HTC Desire nearly instantly after clicking the download button. Check out the Android Market in its full PC glory

Nokia Bubbles unveiled at Nokia Beta Labs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 8:00 pm

When was the last time we saw something really cool or innovative from Nokia? The company isn't exactly known for edgy designs and cool new features. Nokia Beta Labs has a new and interesting offering it is showing off called Nokia Bubbles that can be downloaded now for compatible devices.

 

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Bubbles puts little bubbles on the unlock screen of your device. The idea is that when you unlock the device rather than having to unlock, then navigate to what you wanted to do like check email or something, you can just unlock and go directly to what you want automatically.

 

This is done with little bubbles that float all around the screen of the smartphone. As soon as you hit the wake button to get the phone out of sleep mode you can touch one of the bubbles for the function you want, drag it to the drop point, and then the phone will unlock and go right to what you wanted to do. That is a really cool feature.

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