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ASUS to release 6 Ultrabooks in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 20:09 CDT

ASUS have confirmed they will release 6 different Ultrabooks in October, where they'll have their own product launch conference in New York. Prices will range from US$899 to US$1999 according to ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. Jonney hinted at the price drop in key components of the Ultrabook such as panels and DRAM has enabled them to lower the overall cost of Ultrabooks and with HP leaving its PC business and Dell and Toshiba not really interested in Ultrabooks, it leaves ASUS and Acer to grab the wheel for the Ultrabook market.

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ASUS are set to launch the 5-6 Ultrabooks with 11.6 and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and finally, Intel have not accepted downstream partners' requests to cut Ultrabook CPU prices, but have offered to provide assistance to allow its partners to launch sub-US$1000 models, according to sources from upstream component players.

App of the Day: Adobe CreatePDF (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 14:16 CDT

Our App of the Day today is Adobe CreatePDF for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad with iOS 4.3 or later.

Do you need similar functionality as Adobe Acrobat for desktop on your iPhone or iPad? Give this one a go. Sadly it is not free, but can be picked up for $9.99 USD.

Adobe CreatePDF brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobat to your iPad, iPhone and other iOS devices.

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Download of the Day: uTorrent 3.0 Build 25583

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 4:12 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 Build 25583.

µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled

Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 2.4.0.0 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.

Resource-Friendly

µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.

Skinnable and Localized

Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!

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Deal of the Day: 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $229.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 2:54 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Coupon Code for 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $229.99 with FREE Shipping!.

Offer: $229.99 with FREE shipping after a whopping $240 off coupon code ($469.99 original price) gets you a 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor with 1200:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 2ms response time GtG, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, plus a 3 year warranty. Use coupon code: G7LH7ZK?61GC2K for the discount. Expires 8/31/11.

PLANAR PX2710MW 1080P LCD MONITOR DEAL

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Monday Morning Roundup for August 29, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 1:30 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - August 29th, 2011

Motherboard

- ASUS P8B WS @ Ocaholic

- MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) Motherboard @ OCIA

CPU & APU

- Energy-Efficient Processors from Intel Reviewed: Core i5-2500T, Core i5-2390T, Core i3-2100T and Pentium G620T @ Xbit Labs

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ UltimateHardware

Video/Monitor

- Monitor Aspect Ratios - Beyond 16:9, iPad to the rescue? @ VR-Zone

- AMD Llano Graphics Battle: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst @ Phoronix

Audio/Media

- Elgato EyeTV DTT Deluxe TV Tuner Micro-Stick @ RWLabs

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Facebook experiences 1 trillion hits a month

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 @ 0:00 CDT

Latest figures out of the social networking giant, Facebook, show an absolutely mind-blowing 1 trillion hits a month. For those who don't quite grasp just how large that number is, 1 trillion is 1,000,000,000,000... wow. In comparison, YouTube only takes 100 million hits a month.

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Behind both of those giants, Yahoo.com receives 78 million page views per month on average. As Facebook continutes to grow, more and more people are joining, young and old. PC, Mac, mobile, tablets, everywhere.

Google+, when will you hit 1 trillion hits a month?

Microsoft possibly showing off quad-core Windows-based tablet at TechEd

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 28, 2011 @ 21:30 CDT

Microsoft have possibly shown off a Windows 8-based tablet at TechEd with a report from IT consultant Alan Burchill, an attendant at Tech Ed in New Zealand. Burchill says that Microsoft would be giving out these tablets to attendees at an "upcoming Microsoft event," but since the news has gone live, it has disappeared unfortunately.

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Microsoft have of course, not commented on the story, but considering Windows 8 is going from strength to strength, it is not that out of the question. Microsoft also said during TechEd that there are quad-core, Windows 7-based slates coming later this year which are set to sport a 10-inch HD screen, be capable of 1080p playback and have an impressive eight hours of battery life.

No mention was made of what processor would be running the device, but considering Intel doesn't make any quad-core x86 chips with the kind of low voltage needed to provide eight hours of battery life, we'll have to wait and see.

Razer debut Blade, "world's first true gaming laptop"

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:30 CDT

Razer has unveiled what they say is the "world's first true gaming laptop," which is a 17-inch (1920x1080), hugged by a full aluminum chassis which comes in at 0.88-inch thick and weighs 6.97lbs.

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Razer has partnered with Intel and the Blade sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 2640M CPU, 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and most surprisingly a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology. It also includes a 320GB HDD (where's the SSD, Razer!) and the usual USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0

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PS3 CounterStrike: Global Offensive to support keyboard and mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:45 CDT

The upcoming CounterStrike: Global Offensive is not only cross-platform compatible between Mac, PC and PlayStation 3 but it will also support mouse and keyboard play on the PS3.

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Now, both of those news tidbits might have taken your breath away, but we are talking about Valve here. PS3 owners will have the choice of the standard Dual Shock 3 controller, PS Move and the keyboard and mouse. Gabe Newell has also said he'd love to have Steamworks on the Xbox 360, but Microsoft are not playing ball.

The beta of GO starts in October and the trailer above should get you excited if you're a CS fan.

Panasonic announces two new Lumix series cameras - FX150 and FX90

By: Steve Dougherty | Cameras | Posted: Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:52 CDT

Panasonic has announced a couple new cameras into its Lumix series today, the FZ150 and FX90.

Focusing on the higher-end FX150 first up, this is quite the zoom happy contender with its 24x optical zoom capabilities. It uses a 25mm ultra wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and is capable of recording 1080 60p video.

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Looking closer at the specs, it's got a 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor, a Venus Engine processor, Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), a stereo zoom microphone, 3-inch LCD and sports a 3D Photo mode which works by taking 20 panning shots and selecting two images to synthesize a 3D composite.

Panasonic mentions a late September release for the FX150, at a price tag of right around $500.

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