Apple "completely blown away" by iPhone 5 demand

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 14, 2012 6:31 PM CDT

If you haven't heard the news, the iPhone 5 is pre-selling like crazy. The initial pre-order stock was exhausted from Apple's store in just one hour, leaving those who didn't stay up out in the cold. Customers are now being quoted up to two weeks for the device to ship, instead of arriving on the 21st of September.

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Apple has issued a statement regarding the incredible demand seen: "Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible. We've been completely blown away by the customer response." Of course, this wasn't too unexpected. Analysts estimates put the number of iPhones sold in the first week somewhere near the 10 million mark.

It's now expected that 5-10 million will be sold in the first weekend. If you still want to get an iPhone 5 on launch day, Sprint is still quoting September 21 as the date. Otherwise, you can queue up outside an Apple store at 8am, or outside an AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint store. At least they had the courtesy to launch it before winter!

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iPhone 5 is NOT coming with Lightning to 30-pin adapter

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 14, 2012 4:35 PM CDT

Let's set the record straight as there are many sites reporting that the new iPhone 5 comes with an adapter so that legacy accessories can be used. This rumor has been spurred on by Apple inadvertently saying their would be during the checkout process on their site. You can see the error in the picture below.

iPhone 5 is NOT coming with Lightning to 30-pin adapter | TweakTown.com

Apple has updated their site to correct the mistake, though we want to make sure our readers who purchased the iPhone 5 before the change realize that they, in fact, will not be receiving an adapter. The adapter will set customers back $29, or $39 if they want it with a cable. The adapter is due out in October.

Apple has released a statement to this effect:

The Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not come in the box with iPhone 5. It is sold separately. However, the Lightning to USB cable does come with iPhone 5 for connection to AC chargers and other devices... The Lightning to 30 Pin adapter supports analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Lightning to VGA and Lightning to HDMI cables will be available in the coming months.

It's not clear if Apple will give out free Lightning adapters to those who purchased their iPhone before the site was changed. I'm leaning towards no, but I have been surprised by Apple before.

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The last batch of IPv4 addresses begin being allocated

Trace Hagan | Internet & Websites | Sep 14, 2012 2:28 PM CDT

The era of IPv4 is drawing to a close. As the last block of IPv4 IP addresses begin to be allocated, TweakTown would like to wave good-bye to the outgoing Internet standard that has been around for 30 years or so. When it was first announced, it was thought that we would never run out of IPs. Apparently the developers didn't foresee smartphones, set-top boxes, and all kinds of other web-connected devices.

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Allocation has started on the last block of /8 addresses, some 16.8 million addresses. Since there are so few IP addresses left, each application has to go through a strict set of guidelines set forth on RIPE's website. Once these last addresses are gone, no new devices can be added without NAT translating, which isn't always possible. IPv6 can't come soon enough.

Axel Pawlik, Managing Director of the RIPE NCC:

When the Internet was first designed it seemed highly unlikely that IP address space would ever be an issue. However, the limitations of the pool of IPv4 address space became clear over time, and in the last few years we have been monitoring supplies closely, preparing ourselves and all stakeholders for the next stage of the Internet. Reaching the last /8 underlines the importance of IPv6 deployment, which is vital to the future growth of the Internet.

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Latest test build of Google Chrome gets 'Do Not Track'

Trace Hagan | Software & Apps | Sep 14, 2012 9:19 AM CDT

It seems as though Google has decided to come to the "Do Not Track" party with Google Chrome. The latest test build of the popular browser now includes a "Do Not Track" option, which allows users to opt-out of being tracked by cookies for advertising and other purposes. It's becoming more and more popular.

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Advertisers are, of course, worried about these changes due to the fact that they will be less able to target ads at web-surfers. A Google Spokesperson:

We undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we're making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year's end.

Microsoft, Google, Opera, and Mozilla have all joined in on this Do Not Track initiative. Mozilla added the feature to Firefox back in 2011, and Opera joined in with Opera 12. Microsoft has actually said that the Do Not Track feature will be enabled by default on new Windows 8 systems, something advertisers are really unhappy about.

Due to Apache believing it should be a choice given to users, they are planning on ignoring Do Not Track requests from Internet Explorer 10.

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RumorTT: Google forced Acer to drop their new CloudMobile A800 smartphone

Acer were set to unveil their CloudMobile A800 smartphone yesterday, but cancelled it at the very last minute, just hours before the unveiling of the new phone. Acer's new smartphone was destined to run Aliyun 2.0, an operating system created by e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group.

RumorTT: Google forced Acer to drop their new CloudMobile A800 smartphone | TweakTown.com

Acer planned to hold a press conference in Shanghai to unveil the new phone, which was going to reach the Chinese market rocking the Aliyun 2.0 OS. But, the company cancelled the event hours beforehand, with an Acer exec declining to explain why the plans were changed, saying only that the unveiling was cancelled for a "special reason".

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ASRock Z77 OC Formula + Core i7 3770K + Nick Shih = 7.136GHz world record overclock

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Sep 14, 2012 4:39 AM CDT

ASRock's Z77 OC Formula has been used with an Intel Core i7 3770K and the help of legendary overclocker Nick Shih, which has reached an insane 7.136GHz. This has given ASRock the number one spot on HWBOT, as well as setting a new overclocking world record. The man himself had the following to say about the achievement:

ASRock Z77 OC Formula + Core i7 3770K + Nick Shih = 7.136GHz world record overclock | TweakTown.com

Hitting number one on HWBOT makes my day, but scoring number one with the motherboard I designed is like the wildest dream come true! Thanks to everyone who helped make my dream, ASRock Z77 OC Formula, into reality!

ASRock's Z77 OC Formula is ASRock's first motherboard designed for overclocking, featuring three Formula kits. These three kits are the Power Kit, which delivers "smooth and stable current with Digi Power, DSM, PAC, MFC and the 12+4 power phase design". Next up we have the Cooling Kit, which provides some great cooling, sporting the Twin-Power Cooling Heatsink, 8-layer PCB design with 4 sets of 2oz copper inner layers and GELID Solution GC-Extreme Thermal Compound. Finally, we have the Connector Kit, which includes Hi-Density Power Connectors and 15μ Gold Fingers.

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Microsoft gives their 90,000 or so employees free Surface tablets, Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8-based PCs

It looks like Microsoft are ramping up for a mammoth Windows 8 launch, where they've announced at the company's annual event that every single Microsoft employee will not only get a new Surface tablet, but a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, as well as a Windows 8 touchscreen-based PC.

Microsoft gives their 90,000 or so employees free Surface tablets, Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8-based PCs | TweakTown.com

Forbes has said that the PC part of things isn't just limited to a desktop, it could be a desktop, laptop, Ultrabook or tablet. Considering there are some pretty awesome looking Windows 8-based Ultrabooks coming out, this is great news for MS employees.

Employee morale should go up considerably, and it also makes them look great to the public. 90,000 employees would surely cost Microsoft into the hundreds of millions, if not more, but hey - Windows 8 is their biggest step yet, and pushing their own gear to their employees for free is a very good start.

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Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn't agree with the Samsung patent verdict - 'hates it'

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 14, 2012 1:28 AM CDT

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has weighed in on the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, and has said that he hates the result, and doesn't agree with it, and he thinks that it will ultimately be overturned.

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn't agree with the Samsung patent verdict - 'hates it' | TweakTown.com

Wozniak told Bloomberg in Shanghai:

I hate it. I don't think the decision of California will hold. And I don't agree with it - very small things I don't really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody's technologies.

Wozniak also commented on the iPhone 5, noting that he hadn't purchased one yet and he's waiting until he plays with it before giving his opinion and comparing it to the competitions offerings. He does hope that the new iPhone 5 takes better pictures than Android-based counterparts:

A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S III, they always say the Galaxy S III, or even the Motorola Razr, pictures look better.

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Raspberry Pi and Lego used to build supercomputer - yes, lego

Researchers at the University of Southampton have done something that only us mere mortals could only dream of, build a supercomputer from Raspberry Pi's and Lego.

Raspberry Pi and Lego used to build supercomputer - yes, lego | TweakTown.com

They've called this Iridis-Pi, which is a very small 64-node cluster made from Raspberry Pi's Debian Wheezy distribution, linked through Ethernet. On their lonesome, Raspberry Pi's are not that powerful, but in a cluster with 1TB worth of storage in SD cards, that's another question.

Rackmounting the cluster was done in a very interesting way, where team lead Simon Cox and his son James put the entire array into two towers of Lego. LEGO!!! There are even instructions so you could do this at home if you've got the money for some Raspberry Pi's and some spare Lego around. The entire system cost less than $4,026 or so to make, which is not too bad at all.

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Lucid demos external GPU that utilizes Thunderbolt to provide laptops with gaming capabilities

Trace Hagan | Laptops | Sep 13, 2012 6:29 PM CDT

As an avid ultraportable laptop user, I've often wished that I had a way to upgrade my laptop's performance when I was sitting at home at my desk, or in the hotel at one of the many trade shows. Unfortunately, there doesn't currently exist a solution to my problem. But that could all soon change, if Lucid's technology catches on.

Lucid demos external GPU that utilizes Thunderbolt to provide laptops with gaming capabilities | TweakTown.com

Lucid has demoed a technology that utilizes Intel's stupid-fast Thunderbolt port, which is capable of 20Gbps theoretical throughput. The Thunderport connects a laptop, or any Thunderbolt-enabled PC, to an external enclosure that houses a desktop graphics card and its accompanying power supply.

To upgrade your laptop capabilities, just plug the device in. The screen currently flashes black and then the GPU is recognized by Windows. This allowed an Ivy Bridge bridge system, which managed 28 FPS in 3DMark06 on HD4000 graphics, to achieve 89 FPS. The system theoretically can even handle Crossfire and SLI setups.

Lucid doesn't have a hard release date for this technology as it is still in development. However, if and when it comes, it will be something that gamers around the world should come to love. Think about it, if your graphics capabilities start falling behind, all you have to do is drop in a new card!

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