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Windows 8 to be compatible with Xbox 360 games?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2011 1:07 am

I was going to post this yesterday but the sources for this news were not what I would deem trustworthy. The news has popped up again that Microsoft might be including Xbox 360 compatibility in Windows 8. This would mean that anyone who purchases Windows 8 (and has a minimum requirement in hardware) should be capable of running Xbox 360 games! This is obviously a very, very bold move by Microsoft and if true, could really shake up the entire gaming industry.

 

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As you can see from the above picture, in the Windows 8 source code is a line with "XBOX360_SYSTEM_CRASH", gee, I wonder what that could be for. If you look at the source (Engadget) and its comments, most people don't understand why this would be beneficial. Well, let's look at it this way. Microsoft have 400 million Windows 7 licenses out in the wild, 50 million plus Xbox 360 users and hundreds of millions of other customers who may not yet be on either platform.

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Samsung's first Llano powered notebooks listed in the U.S.

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 4:00 pm

Samsung's first AMD A-Series (Llano) powered notebooks are expected to hit shelves in Russia anytime now, and listings for them have also started showing up on U.S. etail sites.

 

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The 305V 15.6" laptop falls under Samsung's recently announced Series 3 family and comes in two models; 305V5A-A01 and 305V5A-A02. General specs include an LED-backlit (1366x768) display, 4GB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, DVD writer and 4-in-1 card reader. They hold a 6-cell battery and ship pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

 

The differences between the 305V5A-A01 and 305V5A-A02 is that the former is cheaper for a start, using a A4-3310MX APU (dual core @ 2.1GHz) with Radeon HD 6480G graphics and a 320GB HDD, whereas the 05V5A-A02 sports a A6-3410MX quad core APU running at 1.6GHz with Radeon HD 6520G graphics and a 640GB HDD.

 

Cost central has the 305V5A-A01 listed at $535.05 currently, and the 305V5A-A02 at $580.48.

Cisco to lay off up to 10,000 employees

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:08 pm

Looking to tighten things up for fiscal 2012, networking mob Cisco is apparently closing in on a decision to lay off up to 10,000 of its employees; about 14% of its total workforce. Cisco feels this will allow them to cut down on unnecessary expenses while boosting productivity and of course, profit$.

 

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The need to lower its expenses comes after experiencing a notable loss in performance in several markets, also losing ground to competitors Juniper Networks and HP. Its consumer product units (Linksys) will potentially be the most affected by these layoffs.

 

The costs incurred in the fiscal fourth quarter with their workforce reconfiguration are said to be between $500 million and $1.1b, with up to 7000 pink slips sent out by the end of August and an additional 3000 offered early retirement packages.

AMD claims world mobile GPU crown with new HD 6990M

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Only two weeks after NVIDIA ramped up notebook GPU performance with its top dog GTX580M offering, AMD has unleashed its competing powerhouse mobile GPU today in the form of the Radeon HD 6990M, which it, like NVIDIA claims to be the "world's fastest single mobile graphics processor".

 

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While being well aware of NVIDIA's newly launched 580M, AMD folds its arms and remains composed while saying that the 6990M was measured to be up to 25% faster than any other announced notebook enthusiast GPU.

 

The 6990M carries all the expected technologies of today including Eyefinity support, HD3D support etc.

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Google+ off to a flying start with possibility of 20 million users by the end of the week

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 1:12 pm

While many would argue Google still has quite a ways to go if it wants to play on the same level as Facebook in the social media realm, its recently launched Google+ extension is certainly off to a flying start, now looking to be in the midst of a population explosion.

 

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A statistical analysis by founder of Ancestory.com, Paul Allen along with Facebook app maker FamilyLink.com has highlighted an astonishing rise in numbers recently, reaching 7.3 million last Sunday and likely hitting 10 million today. Assuming that Google doesn't pull its invitation button (made active on Sunday), it's also been carefully predicted that it could well hit 20 million users by this coming weekend.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for July 12, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 12:27 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - July 12th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Dell Vostro 3350 Ultraportable Laptop @ TechreviewSource

- Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SA21GX/BI Notebook @ TechReviewSource

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G1.Sniper Motherboard @ Aphnetworks

- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS Sabertooth P67 (B3 Revision) LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- ASUS F1A75-V PRO Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

- ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Motherboard Review @ TheSSDReview

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 1

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 9:18 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 1.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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RunCore unleash 6Gbps mSATA SandForce SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 7:15 am

The folks over at RunCore have release the RunCore T50 mSATA which is based off a SandForce SF-2281 controller and features sequential transfer rates of up to 550MB/sec read, 470MB/sec writes. The maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4KB random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS delivers massive performance for various different uses. The RunCore T50 is compatible with SATA 6Gbps and supports most mainstream OSs such as Windows, OS X, Linux, Unix, Solaris and Vxworks.

 

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RunCore's T50 is available in three different capacities: 30GB, 60GB and 120GB. Each come with a 3-year warranty and is aimed at high-end portable laptops.

 

Also released is the RunCore I50 mSATA which delivers sequential transfer rates of up to 280MB/sec read, 270MB/sec write as well as maximum I/O performance of 45,000 4KB random write IOPS and 30,000 random read IOPS, this product is aimed at tablets and light laptops compatible with SATA 3Gbps.

 

The RunCore mSATA products will hit mass production later this month.

AMD GPUs to power all three next-gen consoles?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:09 am

Right now, AMD would be on top of the world. Their Radeon series of GPUs are phenomenally successful with their next-gen 7000-series just around the corner, their APU is rolling out right now, and they're already powering consoles; the Wii and Xbox 360. Rumor has it that they might end up getting jiggy with all three console makers come next-gen. The Wii-U is set to be AMD-based and now its looking like the Microsoft and Sony console will be powered by AMD solutions.

 

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Both Microsoft and Sony have of course not verified this news, but HardOCP have a reliable tipster roaming the halls of E3 last week. Based on their information, they say that AMD's future console dominance is already a "done deal." Of course, NVIDIA will be... green... with envy but keep in mind they are powering a slew of Tegra 2-based Tablets and Smartphones. AMD are also set to have an opportunity to win contracts for microprocessors for the next PlayStation.

 

Right now, all three consoles are sporting Power-based IBM processors, even the PlayStation 3's Cell chip has a PowerPC component sharing die space with SPE co-processors.

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