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Steam's digital dominance not sitting well with competitors

Don Lynn | Gaming | Thu, Nov 11 2010 6:43 PM CST

It's no secret that Steam is the alpha dog in the pack when it comes to the digital download gaming scene. But success breeds contempt in the business world, and there are several outlets that are openly blaming Steam for their woes and taking steps to retaliate.

Steam's digital dominance not sitting well with competitors | TweakTown.com

According to an unnamed director of a "fledgling Steam rival," Steam is "killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing" as well as "locking down the market." You can take your pick of the competitors like Direct2Drive and Impulse for the possible people taking shots, but even retailers are considering action. Two major retailers are considering not stocking games that feature and/or require Steam integration due to customers being taken to a rival and losing them.

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Apricorn unveils epic Mac Array for Mac Pro desktop

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Thu, Nov 11 2010 2:00 PM CST

One of the major downsides facing a Mac computer user is that Macs tend to not be as upgradable by the user as PCs are. That means that often what you get from the factory is what you have to live with and if you do try to upgrade your warranty might be toast. If you are a user of the Mac Pro desktop computer, Apricorn has a new upgrade that will leave you with some serious geek lust. The new device is called the Mac Array.

Apricorn unveils epic Mac Array for Mac Pro desktop | TweakTown.com

The Mac Array is an internal SSD array that is mounted to an x4 PCI Express card that fits into one of the two PCIs slots inside the Mac Pro. The card includes a quartet of 128GB SSDs for a total of 512GB. Apricorn says that the Mac Array is designed to bridge the gap between your Mac Pro's slow HDD and RAM to act as virtual memory. The Mac Array promises to increase performance up to ten times the performance of the same machine without the Mac Array.

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Super Talent unveils tiny Pico Mini flash drives

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Thu, Nov 11 2010 1:04 PM CST

Good ol' Super Talent is always at it tossing new and flashionable flash drives onto the market in an attempt to part geeks with their hard-earned money. Most of the flash drives that the firm makes put as much focus on looking good as they do working well. That's not a bad thing at all; our tech gear can look good and work. The latest offerings from the company are a coupe new flash drives in the USB Pico Mini line.

Super Talent unveils tiny Pico Mini flash drives | TweakTown.com

There are two drives in the line with one of them called the Pico Mini C and the other the Pico Mini D. The two versions both lack caps and use other methods of protecting the USB connector. The C drive has a retractable USB connector while the D drive has a sliding case that hides the connector. Both of the flash drives are very small.

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Sources say AMD HD 6970 will beat NV GTX 580

Shane McGlaun | Video Cards | Thu, Nov 11 2010 10:02 AM CST

I don't think that any of us will be surprised that "sources" are saying that the AMD HD 6970 will beat the new NVIDIA GTX 580 in performance. What else would AMD say after all? It's not as if they can say, "our next card will suck." I like it when these two companies get to goading and competing with each other for the performance crown, and so should you.

Sources say AMD HD 6970 will beat NV GTX 580 | TweakTown.com

Competition like this is when we get new cards with even more performance as they trade the world's fastest title back and forth. The only downside is that the new cards seem to get more expensive each time they launch. The upside is a new faster card means price cuts on older hardware. Kit Guru cites sources that claim the HD 6970.

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OS X 10.6.5 update released

Don Lynn | Software | Wed, Nov 10 2010 11:02 PM CST
OS X 10.6.5 update released | TweakTown.com

Along with the announcement of the iOS 4.2 update coming Friday, Apple was hard at work helping out Mac users as well. The OS X 10.6.5 update was made available for download today and brings a fairly long list of improvements. Included are fixes for printing issues, graphics and game performance improvements, as well as several security improvements. Check your updates for the download today; a full list of improvements is listed after the break.

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AMD Radeon 6970 delay due to component shortage

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Nov 10 2010 10:14 PM CST

Many AMD partners are wondering why they have not gotten AMD Radeon 6970 boards yet - but, it seems to stem from a shortage of a particular component from Texas Instruments, and now the yield issues that people are running around crying about.

AMD Radeon 6970 delay due to component shortage | TweakTown.com

This Texas Instruments component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first introduced and used on the AMD Radeon 6800 series. The part is SO new that there is literally no information on the web about it, nor from the manufacturer itself.

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Microsoft Surface gets next-gen treatment, release "imminent"?

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Wed, Nov 10 2010 9:14 PM CST

Microsoft's Surface made a big splash when it was announced and shown off, but it's size and price kept it from being your next coffee table. But one of the software developers for the Microsoft Surface is indicating that the next-generation is "imminent" and will supposedly make the platform far more versatile.

Microsoft Surface gets next-gen treatment, release

Iain McDonald of agency Amnesia Razorfish, owned by Microsoft until late 2009 and now part of the Publicis Groupe are saying that the next-gen Surface will be a flat surface concept, not the entire coffee table system with cameras and projectors underneath.

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Mozilla's F1 plugin streamlines Facebook, Twitter, Gmail sharing experience

Don Lynn | Internet Browsers | Wed, Nov 10 2010 7:52 PM CST

For those Firefox that are tired of swimming through all of the tiny sharing links to share articles and other web info via their social networks, Mozilla has heard your cries and may just have the answer to streamlining the webpage sharing experience. Mozilla has released F1, a plugin that turbocharges the page sharing experience. Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail are the first three supported entities due to their popularity, but Mozilla plans to expand this as they keep working on the plugin.

Mozilla's F1 plugin streamlines Facebook, Twitter, Gmail sharing experience | TweakTown.com

The concept is pretty simple: click on the F1 icon, choose how you want to share the current page, confirm your credentials, and your Gmail, tweet, or Facebook post is away. While there are other sharing toolbars out there, this seems to be a very nice one that doesn't clutter up your browser unless you want to use it which is really nice. As F1 gathers more sites to share with, I an only see it becoming more popular for those who like their browser simple and streamlined. Check out the demo video at the Source Link.

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