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Friday Morning Roundup for May 6, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 6, 2011 @ 8:45 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - May 6th, 2011




- GIGABYTE G1.Assassin Motherboard @

- Asus P8P67 Pro Revision 3 @ OverclockersHQ

- ASUS Sabertooth TUF Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra @ Phoronix




- Intel Core i3-2120 Processor @ Aphnetworks

- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition AM3 Processor @ eTeknix




- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB and HD 6570 512MB GDDR5 DirectX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion

- World-Exclusive: PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II 2 GB @ Techpowerup

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Download of the Day: CloneDVD

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 6, 2011 @ 5:14 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is CloneDVD


CloneDVD 2 copies movies in unparalleled picture quality. If it's only the main movie or a complete DVD - CloneDVD compresses even long footage in brilliant quality and at high speed: A special transcoding technology compresses your choice of DVD titles according to your audio and language selection automatically to a freely adjustable target size.


Our unique Film Strip assistant will guide you step by step through all settings. With the help of the Video Preview you select the desired DVD titles and decide if you want to trim individual chapters. Quality bars show the direct influence of the title and language selection on the quality of the movie copy. Even beginners always keep track. Copy protected movie DVDs can only be copied with AnyDVD.




• Copies the main movie, special features and/or the original menu onto DVD recordable media or your hard-disk

• Newly improved transcoder: Better picture quality at high reduction rates (footage of more than two hours)

• Impressive speed at high reduction rates

• Video Preview shows an overview of all selectable DVD titles

• Include or exclude the original menu

• Visual quality control through quality bars during the title and language selection

• Target size freely adjustable

• Chapter trimming/splitting available


This download is for a 21 day trial.



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Deal of the Day: Konica Minolta 1600W Magicolor Color Laser Printer - $98.95 Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | Printers & Scanners | Posted: May 6, 2011 @ 4:11 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Adorama - Konica Minolta 1600W Magicolor Color Laser Printer - $98.95 Shipped Free!.


Offer: Great reviews on this no-nonsense Konica Minolta 1600W Magicolor Color Laser Printer. That being said, it does lack wireless and ethernet connections and relies solely on its USB 2.0 interface. It's also for Windows only - it's not Mac OSX compatible. That being said, this is a great value for a quality color laser printer!


Add it to your cart to see the discounted price.







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Brink Get SMART Series: The Battlefield

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2011 @ 0:39 CDT

The final video in the Brink: Get SMART series is out, titled "The Battlefield". This video covers a fair bit of the in-game on-the-battlefield gameplay with things like bases, turrets, etc. As I've said before, with every video - it's bringing me closer to wanting it that much more. Check it out:


Steam's EA week, todays deal? Mass Effect Day!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 21:30 CDT

Today brings another special for EA Week Steam Sales, with Mass Effect up on the sale chopping block. First up we have Mass Effect 2, original price $19.99, 50-percent off brings this great game down to $9.99. Secondly, Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition has an original price of $39.99 and also has 50-percent off which cuts the price down to a very nice $19.99. Finally we have the originalMass Effect with 75-percent off, cutting it's full price from $19.99 down to $5.00.





Apple hire Tomlinson Holmon, who is he? Oh just the guy responsible for THX

By: Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 21:00 CDT

Apple may have just completed one of the best moves in the audio industry without so much as a rumble from the community, they have reportedly just hired Tomlinson Holman who is the audio expert behind Lucasfilm's THX audio and he now has the position of their new head of audio.




Apple have yet to have confirmed his status as a new employee, but we are talking about Apple here - they do things at their own time. Holman has quite the resume, his prevous job was as a film sound professor at the University of Southern California, he has recently received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. Additionally, he has spend the past 15 years as the corporate technical director for Lucasfilm, and all of the groups THX patents come from his work and designs.

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iOS to have over-the-air updates for iOS-based devices?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 20:30 CDT

Google's over-the-air updates are amazing, I love updating my phone without having to use something like iTunes. For Apple users, they can hear about a new firmware being released for their iOS-based device, yet have to be at a computer - plug it in, open iTunes and let it update. Where Android-based users can just do it from their phone - magic, huh?




Apple are finally catching up and it seems with iOS 5 there are claims that Verizon users with iOS-based devices might have the opportunity to do updates over-the-air instead of the traditional way I explained above. Right now, theres no news on whether this will extend to other carriers as most iOS updates are pretty large in size - roughly 600MB. Obviously carriers won't want millions upon millions of people downloading massive upgrades every however often.

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OWC Announces Mercury Aura Pro Express 480GB As Industry's Largest Capacity High Performance Solid State Drive For 2010 Apple MacBook Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 19:57 CDT

For those not impressed with the stock options of Apple's MacBook Air SSD upgrades, look no further than this news post. OWC have just announced an SSD drive upgrade to 11.1-inch and 13.3-inch models in four sizes, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and finally, 480GB. The drives use SandForce controllers and are up to 3.5 times faster in 4K random read/writes than Apple's factory options.




With the release of the 480GB model, this continues OWC's position as the only aftermarket SSD manufacturer for the 2010-based Apple MacBook Air. The OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express has a peak data rate of 275MB/sec which is a 68-percent increase over the factory-installed SSD's. Another benefit of the OWC drives is they don't slow down with use like ordinary SSDs. Over time traditional SSDs experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. The OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD's ultra-efficient Block Management and Wear Levelling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long term usage of the drive and without dependency on less than effective OS TRIM management.

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3, includes location tracking fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 19:45 CDT

After some furious words were exchanged on various tech sites, blogs and conversations, Apple have finally addressed their very controversial tracking function for it's mobile iOS-based devices with a simple software update. iOS 4.3.3 for GSM iPhone 4, 3GS, iPads and fourth-generation iPod touch, as well as iOS 4.2.8 for the CDMA-equipped iPhone 4. The new iOS update does not completely remove the feature (surprising!), it simply trims its functionality down.




Looking at the notes from the update, iOS 4.3.3 shrinks the size of the location database cache - no one is sure of just how much, we're just going by what Apple have said. Apple have started it doesn't believe the iPhone needs more than seven days of location data stored. In comparison, some users have reported that their device has logged an entire year's worth of location data.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for May 5, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: May 5, 2011 @ 10:09 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - May 5th, 2011




- Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) @ Techreviewsource

- Digital Storm's Enix Gaming System @ Hot Hardware




- Asus P8P67 Standard Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- Intel DP67BG: LGA1155 Mainboard from the Extreme Series @ XBit Labs




- G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3-1600 @ Pureoverclock

- Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 RAM Kit @ Techwarelabs




- Intel Announces New 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors @ Hot Hardware

- The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors @ Techspot

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