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Linux kernel hits 3.1, now supports NFC, Wiimotes

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Oct 24, 2011 11:19 PM CDT

Linux Kernel version 3.1 has popped its head up and offers support for a range of technologies such as Intel's Ivy Bridge and Cedar Trail chips, NFC and drivers for Wiimotes. It also has improved power management. It's available to download right now, but of course you may want to wait for the distro of your choice for an official update or release.

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Its own summary sums it up quite well:

Support for the OpenRISC opensource CPU, performance improvements to the writeback throttling, some speedups in the slab allocator, a new iSCSI implementation, support for Near-Field Communication chips used to enable mobile payments, bad block management in the generic software RAID layer, a new "cpupowerutils" userspace utility for power management, filesystem barriers enabled by default in Ext3, Wii Controller support and new drivers and many small improvements.

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Uncharted 3 receives near-perfect reviews

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 24, 2011 10:26 PM CDT

In just a week from now, Nathan Drake will feature on people's TVs across the world in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Uncharted 3 has made its way to game reviewers across the world and it seems its yet another home run smash-hit for Naughty Dog. Reviews are mostly between 90 - 100, but these days - reviews can be somewhat, deceiving. If a rehashed COD title can usually score 90+, how does a stand-out game like Uncharted deserve the same score, shouldn't it be more?

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Anyway, the reviews are very, very favorable and it just makes me want to play the game even more. If you haven't played the previous two Uncharted titles, I really suggest you grab them and play them both this week, then purchase Uncharted 3 when you're finished. I'm sure you won't need to play the previous two, but for one, they're amazing games. Two, it'll help with the characters, and story of the third game, which is just one week away!

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro line, new CPUs/GPUs, Dell fights back with a refresh also

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Oct 24, 2011 9:28 PM CDT

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line up with slightly faster CPU offerings as well as upgraded GPUs. First up, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has received a 100MHz speed bump with the 2.4GHz Core i5 or 2.8GHz Core i7 whilst the bigger brother 15- and 17-inch notebooks get a 200MHz boost to 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively.

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The lower-end 15-inch MBP has thrown the AMD Radeon HD 6490M 256MB and now has a quicker HD 6750M 512MB. The higher-end 15- and 17-inch models now have the HD 6770M 1GB. Apple has also tweaked the storage options on the 13-inch system, which now starts with a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive instead of the the smaller 320GB model, it can also be upgraded to 750GB.

All of the systems now ship with 4GB of DDR3 1333Mhz Ram, a backlit keyboard and multitouch trackpad, a Thunderbolt port, a Mini DisplayPort output and have an estimated seven-hour battery life. Price wise, we have the 13-inch starting at $1,199 going up to $1,499, the 15-inch model goes for $1,799 to $2,199 and the 17-inch MacBook Pro starts from $2,499.

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WikiLeaks is on the verge of shutting down

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 24, 2011 7:42 PM CDT

WikiLeaks is pretty close to a cliff right now, unless they can overcome blockades put in place by US financial institutions. Founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said on Monday at a news conference in London that WikiLeaks needs $3.5 million over the next year just to continue normal operations.

WikiLeaks is powered solely on supporter donations and if those backers are unable to throw enough money at the organization, Assange says "we will simply not be able to continue by the turn of the year." With both MasterCard and Visa halting donations to WikiLeaks in December 2010, it did not help the situation one bit. Several others have followed suite, including Bank of America, eBay, PayPal and Western Union, which when put together, represented 95-percent of WikiLeaks' revenue.

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ECS know how to capture one's attention w/ X79R-AX Black

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Oct 24, 2011 1:20 PM CDT

It's not surprising we're sighting so many X79 boards with their final trimmings in place so close to the big launch we're all eagerly anticipating. But on all accounts, not just with launches, it's nice when someone does that little something more to help stand out and ECS have certainly pulled that off with some images they've pumped out of their upcoming X79R-AX motherboard.

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Okay, all eyes to the left... the LEFT! Ummm, hello? Is anyone reading this? ....Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the girl doesn't come with the motherboard....

Now that I have your attention again, here's another image without any evil distractions so we can get down to business.

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Thermaltake releases the LGA-2011 ready Frio Advanced

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Oct 24, 2011 12:16 PM CDT

Thermaltake has just launched another variant of its Frio CPU cooler line which Thermaltake says incorporates some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies and preserves the greatnesses from its predecessors of Frio and Frio OCK.

This time around Thermaltake delivers that same tower-shaped design, but with the ability to handle up to 240W processors and supports all Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/755 and AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1 processor sockets. The cooler itself measures 130.6 (L) X 122 (W) x 159.2 (H) mm while weighing almost 1Kg @ 954 grams.

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The cooler makes use of five 6mm sized Direct Touch copper Heatpipes and it comes with a couple 13cm fans strapped on, operating at between 800 and 2000RPM (with 21 to 44 dBA sound output).

Pricing and availability has not yet been mentioned.

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Intel releases Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz unlocked LGA-1155 CPU

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Oct 24, 2011 8:31 AM CDT

As we learned about a month ago, Intel has been planning the release of a new processor model to rest atop the i7-2x00 line; that being the 2700K. And we we had also established at that time, the processor's release date is today.

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The Core i7-2700K looks not to seperate itself much at all from the 2600K on paper with its quad-core, LGA1155 package on 32nm Sandy Bridge silicon, 256KB L2 cache per core and 8MB L3 shared cache. It clocks in at 3.5GHz, but does of course sport an unlocked base clock ratio multiplier, as denoted by the 'K'.

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Modern Warfare 3 PC version gets some extra lovin'

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 24, 2011 2:24 AM CDT

A few hours ago the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch trailer hit the Internet and now, we have more details on how the PC version of the game will benefit over its console counterparts. From anti-cheat systems to dedicated servers, there's a lot there!

Infinity Ward dropped some details in a recent Q&A on the Call of Duty forum. Community Manager, Robert Bowling said:

We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths in providing a more rich experience for our players. We keep our ear near the ground and try to deliver items most requested. The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a server browser, voting, RCON, and more. Lastly we are embracing the Steam platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, Steam achievements.

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ARM unveil super efficient Cortex A7, set to be paired with A15

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Oct 24, 2011 12:39 AM CDT

ARM has unveiled a new chip that is set to enable more efficient and affordable mobile processors. Cortex A7 is based on ARM's 28nm fabrication and reportedly consumes five times less power and measured just one-fifth the size of the 45nm Cortex A8, which is found inside Apple's A4, Samsung's Hummingbird and Texas Instruments' OMAP3.

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ARM will compliment the efficiency by pairing the Cortex A7 with quicker, more power hungry processing cores. The A7 is set to pave the way for sub-$100 smartphones, which will boost adoption rates in developing regions. ARM CEO, Warren East told the BBC:

We can see the developed world moving on and mobile being the nexus for all sort of consumer electronics. In the Bric countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) we are seeing catch-up. As we look forward these smartphones are going to be totally ubiquitous and in the much less developed areas...

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Facebook looking at $139,000 fine for holding deleted data

Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Oct 23, 2011 11:38 PM CDT

Facebook are eyeing down a fine worth $139,000 after an Australian law student discovered that Facebook held 1,200 pages of personal data about him, much of which he had previously deleted. Max Schrems, 24, requested a copy of his data after attending a lecture hosted by Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg whilst he was on an exchange program at Santa Clara University in California.

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Facebook sent him a CD of his data and Schrems was shocked to find information through his three years of having an account despite having deleted most of the information. Among the 1,200 pages of data were rejected friend requests, information regarding incidences where he had removed friends from his list and his entire conversation history.

Also included in his personal data CD were images that he had removed tags of himself, every event he had attended and every event he never responded to, poked and email addresses of people he'd corresponded with.

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