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Corsair Vengeance Cup Sweepstakes, win a Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 17, 2012 7:01 am

Love contests? Love free stuff? Love Corsair? Well, Corsair are currently running the Corsair Vengeance Cup Sweepstakes where they have five Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headsets up for grabs, worth US$149.99 each!




All you have to do is 'like' the Facebook page, hit the "Enter Sweepstakes" button, and that's pretty much it. Invite your friends, your mom, and everyone in between. Corsair will pick five winners at random, with the winners being notified via e-mail. The contest runs until 5/21/2012, and there's only one entry per person.

Sony bakes Ivy Bridge into VAIO S, VAIO Z, intros new VAIO E models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2012 6:41 am

Sony's business-suited notebooks, VAIO S and VAIO Z, have received Intel's latest and greatest Ivy Bridge CPUs. Sony have also outed two new VAIO E models, VAIO E Series 15 and 17 join the 14P as part of Sony's entertainment line, but unlike the smaller 14P, they won't be receiving Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.




The VAIO S will arrive in 13.5- and 15.5-inch display options, sporting backlight keyboards and either an aluminum, magnesium or carbon fiber frame, depending on the model. The 15.5-inch model will be on of the 1080p IPS-based displays, but what the smaller display is made from is still shrouded in mystery.


VAIO S 13 buyers will have a few choices to make, between Core i5 and i7 processors, while the larger display system will come with an Intel Core i7-3612QM, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GT640 LE GPU as well as integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The 15 will sport a 1TB HDD, whilst both systems will have the option of a solid-state drive. Both systems are expected to weigh in at less than 4.4 pounds.


The VAIO Z should feature the same CPU and RAM as the S model, but with a 256GB SSD powering the storage side of things, instead of the mechanically-driven 1TB option. Other configurations will include built-in 3G/4G LTE radios, while an optional media pack will provide an optical drive, and Radeon HD 7670M graphics. These systems will get on the scales at less than 2.6 pounds, with a thickness of less than 0.7-inches.

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Want to check out the redesigned Bing? You can, right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 17, 2012 6:00 am

We talked about the redesigned socially-driven Bing last week, with a massively redesigned interface, that promised new features that would differentiate itself from search giant, Google. Well, today, Bing is mostly up and can be tested by everyone.




It's not available on yet, but it is available at If you want the 'full experience', you'll want to link your Facebook account up. The only thing missing is 'Snapshot', the center of the new three column design. But, the new interface is shown off, as well as Bing's new social integration elements.


I haven't tested it thoroughly, but it does look nice. I'm too much of a Google fanboy (everything I use is powered by Google), so Bing doesn't interest me that much. This will most likely change somewhat when Windows 8 is released. But, The Next Web is reporting that the new Bing is faster, not by a large margin, but noticeable in some areas.


Note: If you're not in the United States, set your country to the US in Bing, or else you won't see the new version.

Apple's new iPhone to have a larger screen, possibly 4-inches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2012 5:28 am

The Wall Street Journal is the powerhouse of tech reporting today, firstly talking about Google selling Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" devices directly to customers, and are now reporting that Apple's next-generation iPhone would sport a bigger screen.




The new screen, according to "people familiar with the matter" will measure at least 4-inches diagonally. This is compared to the 3.5-inch iPhone which every iPhone has been since the original. Production is rumored to begin next month, with analysts pegging the new iPhone to be released in the fall. As usual, Apple have declined to comment.


The people familiar with the matter, who I really want to meet one day, have said that Apple are working with multiple screen makers on the new iPhone. These screen makers include LG Display Co., Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc., which was only created last month by three Japanese companies and the government. Apple is facing much more competition from Samsung, the world's biggest cellphone maker, who just unveiled their GALAXY S III which features a 4.8-inch display.

Facebook acquires photo startup Lightbox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2012 4:38 am

Social networking site, Facebook, in the midst of their IPO roadshow, have just acquired Lightbox. Lightbox is a predominantly Android-based photo sharing startup, which shares quite a lot with the recently-scooped-up Instagram.




Lightbox will be closed by Facebook, and the company will most likely use staff developers for Android-based development. No terms of the deal have been announced. Just after the announcement, Lightbox stopped accepting new users, with existing users having until June 15 to conclude business and download all remaining photos from the service.


Existing photos will not be transferred to Facebook, which is a bummer. Lightbox's founders are quite happy with the deal, where they've said they are:


Happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we'll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook's 500+ million mobile users.


On a good note, no layoffs have been announced, nor are they expected.

The Last of Us latest trailer shows off the game's dangerous world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2012 4:25 am

Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3-exclusive 'The Last of Us' is shaping up very nicely, and there's something to get excited for: the latest trailer for the game. The new trailer doesn't show any in-game footage, but rather a cinematic.



The cinematic is quite powerful, with the leads Ellie and Joel driving in a car, when they stumble across what they think is an enemy. The enemy quickly reacts, and it turns out its an ambush. They get shot at, a brick thrown at them, and finally, they push an old run-down bus at them and they crash. These are the situations the game will put you in, and I'm quite excited at the possibilities.


The graphics are top-notch, and should be pretty close to the in-game graphics, as Naughty Dog uses the in-game engine to display cinematics, ala the Uncharted series. The game is a PlayStation 3-exclusive, so PC's won't be getting The Last of Us anytime, well, ever. But you'll want to check out the trailer to this, for sure.

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RumorTT: Google to sell Nexus devices with Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean", direct to customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2012 4:09 am

Well, this came out of nowhere, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is about to cause quite a stir with carriers across the United States with their new plans. The report says that the latest move from Google, where they've offered their Galaxy Nexus for $399 unlocked is only the beginning of a new initiative.




The new plans will most likely be unfolded at Google I/O, where they're planning to partner up with a bunch of OEMs in roder to have up to five Pure Google devices available, all at once. All five of the devies will sport Google's next-generation Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" operating system and will be sold directly from Google in unlocked form to end users in America, Europe and Asia. Wow.


This is huge, as it means you'll be able to buy a top-of-the-line Nexus handset directly from Google, and throw it onto a plan, only use it on Wi-Fi, or go pre-paid. Google is said to hoping to have the new Jelly Bean-powered devices on sale before Thanksgiving, right before the Black Friday and holiday sales. This would be perfect, and would combat Apple's next-gen iPhone quite well. The mobile space sure is getting interesting!

US Customs stop HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE shipments at ports, the reason? Pending "investigations" of Apple patent claims

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2012 3:40 am

US Customs have stepped in and stopped some of the shipments of HTC's One X and EVO 4G LTE smartphones as a result of an earlier ITC order won by Apple. The ordeal is over a patent lawsuit for "data tapping" (context-sensitive text-based actions) in the browser and messaging apps on some HTC phones.




HTC have said that these features have been removed from the One X and EVO 4G LTE, where HTC are "confident" that it is in compliance with the ruling:


The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.


The ITC order was quite broad meaning it allowed US Customs to seize any HTC handset imported into the United States purely on the suspicion it might violate Apple's asserted intellectual property rights. Let's hope it's all sorted out soon enough.

RunCore launches InVincible SSD that self-destructs on command

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 16, 2012 9:36 pm

Have you ever had sensitive data that you didn't want to get into the wrong hands? Always marveled over those evil villain's bases which self-destruct? Well, RunCore has brought to market an SSD that self-destructs on command to permanently erase your data. You get the speed of an SSD with the cool features of an evil villain's lair.



In the video above, you can see an explanation of how the self-destruct function works along with the actual self-destruction happening. After the button is pressed, a puff of smoke comes out of the SSD due to how the self-destruction works. The NAND chips are over-volted so that they are physically destroyed.


A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby physically destroying these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, defense and general industrial applications.


So next time the FBI comes knocking on your door, wouldn't you like to have one of these running in your PC? Well, actually, I have nothing to hide, but it sure is a cool gimmick. Unfortunately, you can only use it once.

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Thieves allegedly rob an internet cafe after forgetting to log out of Facebook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2012 8:32 pm

Some would be criminals have been apprehended thanks to the fact that they forgot to log out of Facebook. It seems as though Facebook has become so intertwined with life that people just plain forget to log out sometimes. Two men now stand accused of robbing an Internet cafe after using their services to check out the latest hap's on the social network.




After they finished stalking the profiles of their friends, they decided it might be fun to rob the place. As such, they then decided to make like they were going to pay, but instead allegedly attacked the shop owner. After robbing the place, they hopped onto a motorcycle that also happened to not belong to them.


The police, when they arrived, happened to notice that one of the criminals had remained logged in on Facebook. This led to the arrest of the one person, who I'm sure proceeded to squeal on the other. This isn't the first time would-be criminals have been caught thanks to Facebook. Previously, in 2009, a house robber became so comfortable in the house that he logged onto Facebook and forgot to log off before leaving.

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