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Poll Results - AMD Fusion platforms: Hot or Not in 2011?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 26, 2011 4:13 pm

Over 2,500 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, AMD Fusion platforms: Hot or Not in 2011?

 

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Over half of the TweakTown readership believe that AMD Fusion platforms will be hot this year. That is good news for AMD who needs all they can get at the moment.

 

So far, from what we have seen, the platform does look to be the goods. Overall AMD sales will tell the real story as we evaluate next year.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, what is the best browser? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Apple iOS 4.3.1 update is live, mostly bug fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2011 5:07 am

Apple's iOS 4.3.1 update has gone live and is available for your iOS-based device right now. But, if you're not experiencing any of the problems listed in the bugfix changelog, it's always good to remember the age old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

 

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Jailbreakers note: Jailbreakers have not confirmed whether Apple have changed any of the underlying structure or not, what does this mean you ask? Well, a jailbreak for 4.3.1 might be much further away than a jailbreak for 4.3 - but, if you aren't jailbroken, then by all means - go forth and grab it from the most amazing program in the world, iTunes.

AMD asks NVIDIA to prove their GeForce GTX590 is the fastest GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 26, 2011 4:43 am

Ah, GPU wars - don't you just love them? NVIDIA have recently released their explosive GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU video card and stated that it was the "World's Fastest Graphics Card" yet, never proved this with an industry-standard benchmark like 3DMark 11.

 

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AMD have called them out on this and directly asked NVIDIA to "prove it, don't just say it". Dem be fighting words meester. Fisty Cuffs, go! AMD also listed a bunch of review sites pointing to their HD 6990 beating out the GTX 590. Salt, wound, hurt.

Google Now Supports Cherokee

By: Trak Lord | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 11:15 pm

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How happy would Sequoyah be to have read this blog post?

 

Everyone's favorite search engine today adds its 146th interface language: Cherokee. Google has been working with the Cherokee Nation to translate its operating interface to Cherokee as an effort to stave off what could be potential extinction for the now-endangered language. In a press release from the Cherokee Nation's official website, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said,

 

I believe that efforts like those of Google are essential to keeping our language alive.

 

The language option is available on one of the drop-down menus on google's home page, and for the select people that don't have a physical Cherokee Keyboard, a digital version is available, made possible by Google's Virtual Keyboard API.

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Attention FIFA 11 Ultimate Team Players: Aid Japan Tomorrow

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 6:45 pm

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Following up on their first support initiative the week of the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, EA will be donating all of the proceeds from FIFA Ultimate Team pack sales for tomorrow only. The FUT packs are virtual "packs" of trading cards that translate to players you can manage and add to your team. You can also trade items and actions with other players, much like actual trading cards. EA hopes to utilize the international passion for Football (re: Soccer for all you Americans) to promote and provide further aid to Japan after the series of tragic events that befell the country last less than two weeks ago:

 

We know that football is a unifying force around the world, and we hope that our fans will join us in harnessing this positive force to help raise money for those that need help.

 

The promotion begins at 00:01 GMT Saturday March 26 and will continue for the following 24 hours. You can see the original post and learn more about how to give back with FUT on EA's blog.

Nintendo To Host Manhattan Midnight 3DS Launch Party

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 5:21 pm

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New Yorkers: if you're partying around the Union Square area of Manhattan tomorrow night, you would be remiss to not consider video games and food trucks.

 

If you've been following us, you know that we had a chance to check out the Nintendo 3DS at both the 2011 Game Developer's Conference and the Pier 39 Nintendo Pod.

 

At midnight tomorrow, the 26th of March, Nintendo will go live with its brand-new hand-held game system and its active 3D engine. To celebrate the event, Nintendo is hosting a gigantic party at the Best Buy in Union Square in Manhattan, starting at noon tomorrow. Nintendo will be set up in Union Square Park during the day, providing the crowds with live music and even more opportunities to test out the 3DS before it becomes available for sale that night. Players will have the chance to play nintendogs + cats, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Madden NFL Football, LEGO Star Wars III, and Asphalt 3D. Nintendo has also said that they will be featuring their augmented reality games like Face Raiders. Be assured that lots of Nintendo SWAG will be given out, and I imagine even a few raffles. Who knows? Also, the first 300 people to buy a 3DS once the clock strikes midnight receive a "special" carrying case.

 

Food trucks? Live music? Video games? Free stuff?

 

I smell a cheap date night...

 

Details

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Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.05.1408

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 8:28 am

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.05.1408.

 

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

 

Cleans the following:

 

• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE

 

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Puff Puff Pass the GTX 590; Why some have gone up in smoke!

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 7:31 am

Since the launch of the GTX 590 we've seen a number of reviewers mention that their cards had died during overclocking, and it's beginning to put doubt in peoples minds when it comes to the quality of the card. About 12 hours ago I'd taken off my reviewer cap and thrown on my investigator one.

 

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It seems that most of the GTX 590s are dieing due to the amount of Voltage being put through the card. I spoke to MSI last night about Afterburner and asked them that if 1.2v isn't safe, how come Afterburner allows the GTX 590 to go that high? - The answer to that question was; "no, Afterburner only allow to 1.05v - 1.2v is not possible".

 

It came as a bit of a surprise, though, when I said that MSI Afterburner indeed did offer 1.2v on the ASUS GTX 590. Originally MSI thought only Smart Doctor allowed the voltage to go that high, but we've been told that the ASUS BIOS has been tweaked, giving the ability to push the voltage higher.

 

Just before the reviews went live I received an email from NVIDIA and they said that voltage adjustment shouldn't be done on reference cooling and also be no higher than +25mV. That means the maximum they recommend is 963v from the default .938v. Of course, we would expect the manufacturer to really play it safe. One company told us they've tested internally at 1.000v and achieved a core clock of 840MHz and a memory clock of 4000MHz QDR.

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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 25, 2011 6:59 am

The latest happenings from around the web - March 25th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Acer Aspire One 522-BZ897 Notebook @ TechReviewsource

- "Dead Calm": Nofen Set A40 Fanless System @ XBit Labs

- Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (2011) @ Digitaltrends

 

Memory

 

- Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 @ OCIA

- Exceleram EP3001A 6GIG Kit @ XtremeComputing

 

Video/Monitor (NVIDIA GTX 590 Launch)

 

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual-GPU Wars @ Techspot

- ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3 GB @ Techpowerup

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