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Audiovox to buy Klipsch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 6:04 pm

There are a lot of companies in the home theater and audio business that make some really nice speakers and other audio gear. One of the companies that many people really like is Klipsch. Klipsch makes some seriously high-end speakers for home theaters that will run you $30,000 or more and the company has much cheaper offerings for us normal folks.




Klipsch used to be in the PC speaker market and my favorite set of surround sound speakers ever for a PC came from them. Audiovox is a company that used to be big in the consumer electronics and radio market and is still part of the market; I just rarely hear about them or see their products today. Audiovox has announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Klipsch.


The deal will cost Audiovox $166 million and will make Klipsch a wholly owned subsidiary of Audiovox. The Klipsch brand will live on and the company will be run separately and remain in its current US headquarters. The deal is expected to close in the next 30 days. I would bet that the move would see some new tech coming to Audiovox gear.

Gigabyte offers official statement on Intel Sandy Bridge issue

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 5:04 pm

If you are a tech fan, you would have to have been in a coma the past week or so to not know whatr is going on with Sandy Bridge chipsets right now. The flaw in the Sandy Bridge chipset known by the code name Cougar Point had a major problem that means the silicon had to be redesigned. The redesign also means that all the Cougar Point packing mainboards and PCs on the market already will need a recall.




MSI has made its official announcement concerning what it will do with its affected mainboards. As of today, Gigabyte has announced that as of today it is no longer selling and of the 6 Series B2 stepping chipset based board. The B3 replacements for the board will be available in April according to Intel.


Gigabyte also says that all of the affected boards are being retrieved from its dealers and distributors. Any consumers with the boards in their hands should return them to an authorized dealer. The B3 boards aren't due until April, but the revised chipset is expected to ship at the end of February.

Thief nabbed after leaving his mobile phone charging in the home he robbed

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 4:00 pm

I think you should be able to kick thieves in the balls until they pass out as part of their punishment. I hate thieves, stealing stuff from people that work hard to get what they have is one of the lowest things you can do in my book. A thief from Washington was nabbed recently because he is a complete moron in addition to being a douche bag.




The dude is one Cody Wilkins and he was in the middle of robbing a house when the homeowner came in and caught him. Wilkins jumped out the window and ran off. The problem for Wilkins the moron douche bag was that in the middle of his robbery he decided he needed to recharge his phone.


He plugged his phone into an outlet in the house and went on about his thievery. When he leapt out the window, he left the phone behind. Police found it, called a number on the phone, and told the lady who answered Wilkins had been in an incident. She gave the cops his name and the rest is history. Wilkins is in jail on a $1 million bond.

Download of the Day: Sandra Lite 2011 SP1 (17.36)

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 12:08 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 SP1 (17.36).


SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.


It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for Buffalo Tech 2TB DriveStation Axis Black External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 11:24 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Coupon Code for Buffalo Tech 2TB DriveStation Axis Black External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: This is a GREAT deal on a 2TB BuffaloTech DriveStation Axis external USB 2.0 hard drive. Use coupon code: R2RLD7LT?JP22M to drop the price down $30 from $109.99 to $79.99 with FREE shipping. This expires 2/6/11. If it shows out of stock, you can still order it with coupon anyway. Get it while you can.





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Friday Morning Roundup for February 4, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 10:52 am

The latest happenings from around the web - February 4th, 2011




- HP Pavilion P6710F @ Techreviewsource

- Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 @ BusinessComputingWorld




- Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX @ Overclock3D

- MSI Big Bang Marshal Motherboard @ tbreak

- ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Madshrimps

- Intel 6th Series Chipset Defect @ ixbtlabs

- ASUS P8P67 Deluxe - Fully Loaded Mid-Range @ Tech Reaction




- Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-2133 @ Pureoverclock

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Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Case exclusive video preview

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 9:51 am

During CES 2011 in Las Vegas last month, we got a chance to get an exclusive video preview of Xigmatek's upcoming Elysium super tower case.



Chris went on video as you can see above and talked about the Elysium and what makes it special. One of the big things about the Elysium is that it was designed to fully and properly support the massive and much spoken about EVGA SR-2 motherboard that supports two Intel Socket LGA-1366 processors, a bunch of RAM and loads of PCI Express slots.


Besides that, the Elysium comes with support for a lot of large cooling fans that should keep things running just nicely. There is support for large radiators on the top and bottom of the case. Not only that, but there is also support for 12 hard drives and even an additional 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive that can be slotted in easily at the top front area of the case.




Moving forward past that area is two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single eSATA port as well as your typical audio ports. These ports can be hidden by a sliding cover if they are not in use. Inside the case, there are no less than seven water pipe holes as well as handy cable management holes, which should allow you to build a very clean looking system.


Watch the video above for your exclusive look and there are some pictures below in the gallery, too.

Poll Results - What do you want most these holidays?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 6:25 am

Over 3,500 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, what do you want most these holidays?




This time around the votes were well mixed and not one-sided. 22% of TweakTown readers voted that they wanted either a new AMD or NVIDIA video card for the holidays. Who ended up getting one?


Second with 19% of the votes went to love and world peace, third with 15% of the votes showed that getting a super fast SSD was popular and forth 11% of the votes showed that still many wanted a new laptop or PC.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, will AMD Fusion platforms be hot in 2011? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

Beavis and Butthead to make a triumphant return to MTV!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 2:33 am

Reports of this surfaced last year and personally, I was running around the house screaming "I need TP for my bunghole!" Mike Judge is now back as creative extraordinaire and of course, the voices behind the title characters - Beavis and Butthead.


news/1/8/18746_569.jpg reports that MTV made the announcement at their Upfront presentation in New York yesterday. I for one cannot wait, nostalgia is a great thing and I just hope the humor that Beavis and Butthead had in the 90's is continued in today's society somehow. *insert Beavis's laugh here*

Steam rakes nearly $1 billion in sales for 2010

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 4, 2011 2:19 am

Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) who is a market research firm that produces monthly and annual reports for bunch of gaming markets such as Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare & Virtual Console and mobile markets - Valve pulled in an estimated revenue of US$970 million in 2010.




Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research and Analysis said "Steam's growth has been remarkable during the year. Over 180 titles were estimated reaching over $1 million USD in revenue for the year, painting a very healthy market for developers and publishers, with more room for growth in the future."

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